Lay Book Drive benefits students and the community

A book drive held during March at Lay Elementary School is benefitting students and the community.

In honor of Read Across America month, students conducted a school-wide book drive that kicked off after the school’s family fun night event. Students were encouraged to bring in books they no longer want, that were in good condition, to be donated to the community.

Elizabeth Mills, a student teacher at Lay, helped coordinate the book drive.

“Reading is a favorite hobby of mine, and I am passionate about instilling the love of reading in my students,” said Mills.

“For my leadership project for student teaching, I could think of nothing better than to do a school-wide book drive in honor of March being Read Across America month.”


Lay students and staff donated a total of 1,024 books during the drive.

On Friday before Spring Break, students were given the opportunity to choose a book for themselves from the collection to take home and read over the break. All other books collected will be given to the community.

“Over 650 books will be donated to the community,” said Mills.

Mills is in contact with local businesses and organizations to help coordinate the donation.

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