When Hurricane Florence whipped through North Carolina, one middle school lost more than 3,500 books to flooding and mold. Another middle school was so badly damaged that it had to be closed for renovation, leaving the students without access to age-appropriate library books.
Learning about how their peers in another state were struggling, Dickerson Middle School students stepped up to help. Dickerson students collected 775 books during their recent book drive. The boxes of books were sent to two middle schools, including Pamlico County Middle School in Bayboro, NC. The students also sent books to help with teacher classroom libraries in a k-8 school.
“We are fortunate here and didn’t have a hurricane,” said Jay, a Dickerson seventh-grader. “It’s good to help other schools in need. It’s important to give to others.”
Another Dickerson student explained why books would really help their peers in need.
“It’s important to read, and if you don’t have books, you can’t explore new worlds,” added Dickerson sixth-grader Grace.
Fellow sixth-grader Maddie hopes the donated books make the North Carolina students feel loved and inspire them to pay it forward the next time they hear of someone in need.
Dickerson’s Pay It Forward Club sponsored the book drive. It was the third annual collection event. Previously, Dickerson students donated young adult books for libraries at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital.
“We want to give to students to help them out during difficult times,” said Dickerson seventh grader Meredith.
The Dickerson students hope the boxes of books will bring smiles to the faces of students who read them.
Dickerson sixth-grader Michelle summed it up best: “We want them to feel happy and to know that people care for them.”