Friday, April 26, 2013

National Honors Student Collects 115 Books for Needy Kids

Yesterday Humanitarian Service Project received a wonderful donation of new books collected by Jackie Busman, a National Honors Society student at Bartlett High School. For her National Honors Society service project, Jackie decided to run a book drive which she dubbed “Focus on Reading,” to benefit needy children and teens in our communities. In order to get a strong response for her drive, Jackie got permission to collect books at different locations in her hometown of Bartlett, and the surrounding area. Books were collected, from March 6-30, at the Bartlett Public Library, Bartlett Community Center, Poplar Creek Library’s Main Branch, Poplar Creek Library’s Sonya Crenshaw Branch, Hanover Township Town Hall, and the Hanover Township Senior Center. Jackie managed to collect over 220 books, 115 of which were donated to HSP for the needy children we serve. The other books from the drive were donated to the Hanover Township Astor Avenue Community Center.

            Jackie stated in a letter she gave us that she was inspired to do this drive because of the important role books played for her during her childhood. She said, “Hopefully, books collected through this project will help allow less fortunate children discover the diverse world and excitement of reading.” We at HSP think Jackie certainly has accomplished her goal, and that she is right on the money. Books play an incredibly important role in the development of children, which is why we provide 6 new books to all 900 needy children enrolled in our Children’s Birthday Project. We wish to thank Jackie for organizing this fantastic drive, and applaud her on her efforts to expose needy children to the world of reading.

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