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Books For Houston – A Community Book Drive

on October 6, 2017 - 7:42am
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The Elks Lodge, Barranca PTO and #BooksforHouston are hosting a community book drive from Oct. 2-13 to benefit Houston schools impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
They are requesting new and nearly books for ages preschool through 12th grade. Drop-off locations are at Family Strengths Network, Los Alamos Senior Center, the YMCA,the Teen Center and Barranca Elementary School.
Becky Wallace, a young adult author who lives in Houston originally started #BooksforHouston when she discovered her close friend, a teacher, had lost all of her classroom supplies. Wallace originally planned to collect a few books from publishers and colleagues, but after tweeting about #BooksforHouston, the project exploded. Wallace received book donations from across the country and has personally delivered 6,000 books to multiple schools in the Houston area.
Los Alamos resident, Kellie Budge was inspired by the work Wallace was doing. As a former teacher, and a former Houstonian, Budge was devastated by the destruction and loss she saw impacting former neighbors in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. “I felt completely helpless,” Budge said, “When I heard about #BooksforHouston, I thought, this is one way we can help.”
She reached out to Wallace, who connected her with schools that are in desperate need of help replenishing their libraries.
One of those schools, Hull-Daisetta Elementary school lost 22,000 books in the flood and all students’ homes were flooded. In this school in a rural area outside of Houston, 80% percent of students receive free or reduced lunch and they do not have the resources to replace the loss of books. They hosted their own book drive and only collected 100 books. Currently, the students are bused to an older school 11 miles away.
All Beaumont Secondary Schools were flooded as well and one of those schools is now being condemned due to mold spores in the air. Teachers are doing read-alouds in class because they don’t have enough classroom sets of books.
Since there have not been many donations to these schools in replenishing supplies, several kinds of books will help, including: picture books, story books, easy readers (lots of these please), nonfiction books, children’s literature, chapter books, fairy tale books, young adult novels, etc.
However, the request is that the books be in good condition– either new or nearly new.
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