First book drive promoted love of literacy (Hometown Press article)

posted Mar 19, 2018, 4:54 AM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

The first Lynnville-Sully Community Education Foundation book drive for students in grades K-5 on Wednesday, Mar. 7, was a huge literary success and equipped the young students with plenty of reading material to keep their minds sharp and imaginations working over spring break.

The book drive was the first of its kind at L-S and was the brainchild of LSCEF board members who have been part of a similar drive in Newton. Flyers from the LSCEF were sent home with elementary students asking for donations of new or slightly-used books. In addition to the variety of donated books, Mrs. Brenda Newell, LSCEF board member and Title I reading teacher, purchased new books thanks to a grant from the Lynnville United Fund.

LSCEF board members and volunteers organized the books according to grade level, and on Wednesday morning, K-5 classrooms entered the middle school gym by class and were encouraged to pick out books that interested them from their designated tables. Every elementary student was able to choose two brand new books in addition to used books – kindergarten and first graders received one used book and the older students were encouraged to pick out three used books.

“Our first LSCEF Book Drive was very successful,” said Mrs. Kyra Smith, LSCEF Director. “Students appeared extremely excited to pick out new books. We are very thankful for the numerous books that were donated and to our board members who volunteered their time to collect books, organize, set-up, and be involved in the book drive. The LSCEF Board believes getting books in the hands of these students directly impacts education, and we are happy to be a part of adding excitement for the love of reading.”


L-S third-grade teacher Mrs. Beth Yoder helps students find books that best suit their interests: Clockwise from left, Cale Brink, Peyton Sharp, Yoder, Kamiya Lepley, Luke Morningstar, Trace Carlson, and Carter Tice.

L-S substitute teacher Mrs. Janet Benest and fifth-graders Jakeira Hay, Renzi Ingersoll, Leah Philby, and Hendrick Lowry browse the age-appropriate books at their class table.


The Lynnville-Sully Community Education Foundation book drive held Mar. 7 was a first for the LSCEF and a first for kindergartners, from left, Katie Staecker, Aubrey Flores, Haley Maston, and Lane Latcham. The young students enjoyed picking out new and used books that interested them. The book drive was made possible thanks to the LSCEF organization, generous donations, and a grant from the Lynnville United Fund.