Schools are always challenging students to uplift their community, whether it's through service, donations or fundraising. The idea is to have them give back in some way. Two social work students from Minot State University decided to helping improve literacy among elementary school students.
Kaitlin Wasem and Carrie Hanson aimed to collect more than 500 books for students as part of their Community Change class project and collected more than anticipated. In just 20 days these two students collected more than 1,300 books for Saxvik, Jeanette Mhyre and BECEP.
Hason and Wasem brought all the books to Jeanette Myhre. There, the books were sorted by grade level, and representatives from Saxvik and BECEP came for pick up.
"Really one of the great things that we would ask for for our kids, because it's literacy, you know, parents and children reading together and spending time together. The timing of this is really good, because of the holidays coming up. And we do try to out reach to families that we serve at this time of year," says Mary Mac Arthur
"It's awesome. Kaitlin had a really good idea when she teamed up with her sister. And I'm glad that I could work with her on doing this. I don't think there's anything greater than seeing a child learn how to read and being able to embrace the skills they're going to learn," says Carrie Hanson.
Since each social work student needed a Community Change project, Hason asked to help with Wasem's book collection idea. Together they asked local agencies, family, friends and even a radio station for help. Their initial goal was 500, quickly reaching that goal, they aimed for 1,000.
The students collected more than 1,300 books. That means each student gets at least one.
After the books were all sorted, Jeanette Myhre and BECEP invited the ladies to read to some of the students.
"Pig wanted pancakes, and he wanted to build a tree house. And he wanted to decorate the tree house," says Honor Vettle, a student at Jeanette Myhre.
"And there was a photo and the pig wanted to take a bath. When we got all sticky," says Brayden Moser.
The students agreed that after hearing Hanson and Wasem read, they want to read their own books too.
Hason and Wasem say they'd like their fellow classmates to take their book drive further, collecting more books and helping even more schools in the future.
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