“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” -Walt Disney
When St. Gabriel Catholic School parent Allison Walsh met Promising Pages Executive Director Kristina Cruise, something magical happened.
St. Gabriel Catholic School is a co-ed, K - 5th grade open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. Promising Pages is a Charlotte-based nonprofit mission is to provide ownership of books to underserved children and cultivate a lifelong love of reading through innovative literacy programs and partnerships.
“After meeting Kristina at an event, I loved the idea of having a place to donate the dozens of books that my children had outgrown,” Walsh said. “As we talked further it came to me that our school might be interested doing this as one of our service projects.”
Walsh, fellow parent Catherine Farley and school principal Michele Snoke launched a plan to have St. Gabriel students donate books alongside the school’s book fair.
“We were able to pull it together in less than three weeks,” Walsh said. “The staff at Promising Pages were wonderful in assisting us with collection bins and boxes as well as marketing information to share with our school families. Their support helped to make the drive a HUGE success.
Students at St. Gabriel did more than just donate more than 2,300 gently used books to Promising Pages. Fifth-grade student council members spent their lunch time cleaning and packing the books.
““I felt planning this collection campaign alongside our book fair was a great learning opportunity for our students to understand that not everyone has books and how we can help those without books,” Snoke said.
Are you interested in holding a book drive for Promising Pages? Follow the organization’s how-to guide and get started!