Ahwatukee 7th Grader Starts Book Drive for Homeward Bound
One seventh grader decided to share her love of reading by starting a book drive for Homeward Bound. Lyndsey Klein, from the Summit School of Ahwatukee, found out that there was a need for donated books in the community and took the initiative to get things started.
According to the Homeward Bound website, their goal is to provide quality and innovative services to support children and adults with disabilities in leading more fulfilling lives.
“I wanted to do the book drive to share my love for reading with other kids that are not as fortunate as I am,” Klein said in the Ahwatukee Foothills News article. “There are a lot of kids there that can’t afford books, so we decided to help them out.” She was on a mission to collect as many books as possible, Homeward Bound also provided a “wish list” from their members.
By starting with close friends and family, Klein had collected more than 97 books for the program in no time at all. On top of donating the books, she also made the effort to read to four different classrooms in her spare time.
“It felt really good because I was helping other people so they were able to have books like I have,” Klein said in the article. “My friends and family helped me out a lot, so it was a really good turnout.” She is planning on continuing her efforts in making sure that the charity is getting books on a regular basis. It is important that Homeward Bound students are getting new, fresh story lines to read each day.
Klein’s mother, Ellie Crystal, was proud to see her daughter do something so special for the local charity. “We went to the charity to hand deliver the books and they were just in tears,” Crystal said. “The charity wants to teach parents the importance of reading … to their children at night.”