Wednesday, November 29, 2000

School gets a book boon

Older students donate to library for younger ones

By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Like magic, the Harry Potter book collection doubled at Roberts Paideia's school library Tuesday.

        Students from La Salle, McAuley and Seton high schools donated about 400 new and used books of all reading levels, ranging from The Berenstain Bears to Harry Potter.

[photo] At Roberts Paideia School, Latosha Shelton (second from left), 11, smiles as she goes through books donated to the school. McAuley High School student Elizabeth Metz (left) leafs through a book.
(Gary Landers photo)
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        “Kids stand in line for those,” school librarian Mary Turner said of the library's six Potter books. Now, she has at least six more to circulate.

        The K-8 school in Price Hill had been a junior high, so there were fewer books for younger children. “A lot of the things I don't have at all,” Ms. Turner said.

        She gave the high schools a list of books needed. High school students placed giving trees with book names in homerooms. Students gave new or gently used books, while others donated money to buy books.

        At La Salle High School, the school's Key Club or ganized the book drive. “It's like any other good deed. You feel good when you do it,” said Alex Cabigon, a 17-year-old La Salle senior from White Oak. “You know you made a difference in other people's lives.”

        The book drive was part of the Adopt-a-School program. The three high schools have adopted Roberts Paideia this year.

        Rose Inderhees, organizer of the Adopt-a-School program, likes to see parochial schools form a partnership for community service.

        “We compete for students. We compete in sports. Trying to bring kids together for a community project is great for them,” said the Colerain Township woman, who is mom to students at McAuley and La Salle.

        Some Roberts Paideia students eagerly sifted through the new books. “I think it helps us because we don't have as many books as we should,” said Parris Watson, an 11-year-old sixth-grader from Westwood.

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