Throughout the month of January and February, nine schools participated in the 6th annual Hands On Nashville and Book ’em Book Drive for Kids!
Teams of students and teachers at each school encouraged their peers to collect and donate new, and “like-new” books for the book drive, named this year as “The Big Book Love”. Each of the books collected will support Book ’em and its mission to create a more literate Nashville by helping economically disadvantaged children – from birth through high school – discover the joy and value of reading through book ownership!
On Saturday, Feb. 13, more than 40 students from these schools gathered at Hands On Nashville for the annual book-sorting event, where they sorted a total of 3,712 books! There was a wide array of books donated, including noted works by Dr. Suess, Stephen King, and Laura Ingalls Wilder!
Since Hands On Nashville and Book’em began partnering for this annual drive in 2011, nearly 42,000 books have been donated to support young Nashvillians.
Towards the end of the event, staff and volunteers reflected on the importance of literacy and reading, and volunteers were asked to list reasons why reading is so essential in their lives. Below are some of their responses:
“It allows me to step into another character’s place.” Oliver Middle 7th grade student
“Reading is a good past time and it can help you learn new things you haven’t learned yet.” J.T. Moore 5th grade student
“Reading is essential in my life because without it, I wouldn’t be able to excel in school, apply for jobs, or even drive.” Heritage Christian Academy 11th grade student
“It allows me to teach others and pass on the joy of reading.” Parent of Oliver Middle School student
“I love to create and write fantasy, and would never be able to do that without reading.” Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School 12th grade student
“Reading lets me travel through new worlds.” McGavock High School 12th Grade Student
Sincere thanks to each of our school partners and student volunteers for leading the way to more books for youth Nashvillians!
- McGavock High School
- Isaac Litton Middle
- Heritage Christian Academy
- JT Moore Elementary
- Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School
- Oliver Middle School
- Ensworth, K-5
- John Overton High School
- Meigs Middle Magnet
Learn more about Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps here.