Donation drive provides free books

October 5, 2018

AID, Ohio — Teachers and administrators at Symmes Valley Elementary School are proving that $9 can change a child’s life.

A parent messaged a link that said students could get a book a month during the school year for $9, said Bethanie Corn, a kindergarten teacher at Symmes Valley. She sent out a Facebook post asking for book sponsors to donate $9 to buy each kindergarten student a book.

The response was better than expected, she said. “Within an hour, my class had enough sponsors,” she said.

When the sponsorship drive was over, there was enough money to buy nine books for every kindergarten student and four books for the first- and second-grade students at the school - more than 170, said Eric Holmes, school principal.

“We got such a great response,” Holmes said. Sponsorship money poured in from Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Minnesota and Florida, he said.

“We’re grateful to the people in our community and others who are participating,” Holmes said. “It well exceeded our expectations.”

The students are getting Scholastic Books like “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat” and “The Napping House,” Corn said.

“We read them in class and then the book is theirs to keep,” Corn said. “They get to take them home.”

“The community really wanted to give back,” Corn said. “We can try this again next year.”

The response on Facebook may provide other opportunities for the school, Holmes said. “New technology is allowing people to donate,” he said.

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