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Bellevue 6th Graders Collect 2000+ Books

Lindsey Theis

Bellevue 6th Graders Collect 2000+ Books

CREATED Feb. 25, 2013

 Abigail Hammond loves books. She loves reading.

"Sometimes you can decide what happens at the end of the book. I think it's kind of fun to do that," she said.

Hammond and a group of her friends from Kelly Wales's 6th grade class at Chandler View Elementary decided to share that love of reading with kids less fortunate than them.

"It just kind of came to me one day," Hammond said.

The group then went to their principal, Greg Eversoll, with the idea of a book drive. He loved the idea, but put it on the kids to organize.

"Sometimes it's perception that it's the adult's job to take care of everybody else. This was a student planned idea," Eversoll said.

The group then spent months decorating posters, flyers, and collection boxes to fill the elementary school. Their goal was to collect 300 books during the month of February. As of February 25th, the had gathered about 2,000.

"It's awesome," Hammond said.

Wales said she had to scour her basement for extra boxes to put all the donated books in. She added she's inspired by her students.

"I didn't teach this lesson. This lesson they taught to me," Wales said. "This lesson was it doesn't matter who you are, it doesn't matter where you are from, that every everyone has something to contribute."

The students plan to deliver the books to Lydia House at the Open Door Mission later this month.

If you would like to donate lightly used or new books, you can contact Chandler View Elementary at (402) 734-5705.