EJHS Student Council Collects Books for Literacy
The Student Council at Evans Junior High School (EJHS) in Bloomington collected over 650 gently used books for Books to Benefit as its spring 2018 community service project. These books will be among the 25,000 available for sale to raise funds for local literacy programs during the Books to Benefit Used Book Sale June 14-17 at 360 Wylie Drive, Suite 700 in Normal.
“Evans Student Council loves to support local organizations and find causes that benefit our community,” shared Jim Broach, Student Council advisor and teacher at EJHS. “Our librarian, Ms. Michelle Glatt, suggested the students sponsor a book drive for Books to Benefit. The response was very positive. All students and staff who donated were entered into a drawing to receive one of four Starbucks gift cards. A student in 6th, 7th and 8th grade each won a card along with one of our staff members.”
Last week Broach delivered the donations to Books to Benefit, where he met President Jackie Langhoff. Langhoff noted this is the second grassroots drive held by local schools for Books to Benefit. In January the Wolf Den of Cub Scout Pack 3957 at Hudson Elementary School collected books for the organization.
“We had no idea the EJHS book drive was in progress,” commented Langhoff. “This all-volunteer organization is working to get the word out about our passion to support local literacy programs at YouthBuild McLean County and STAR Adult Literacy through monies collected during our semiannual book sales. With grassroots book drives happening without our knowledge, we know the word is spreading!”
When asked why Books to Benefit, Glatt remarked, “I am so happy to help [Books to Benefit]. I have gotten such great books there for my libraries and myself! I look forward to the June sale.” To learn more about the June 14-17 sale or how Books to Benefit supports literacy, visit www.books2benefit.com, fb.com/books2benefitbloomington or phone (309) 531-8320. The sale is open to the public.
Books to Benefit is a local 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization passionately working to support literacy. The proceeds of its semiannual book sales benefit STAR Adult Literacy and YouthBuild McLean County’s literacy programs, provide financial support for the Books to Benefit Community Service Scholarship Award at Heartland Community College, encourage volunteerism through community service, and assure that works of scholarly importance and/or unusual publication history or content find appropriate homes offering ready access to these works.