Tyler ISD campuses donate 6,000 books to Literacy Council

New release from Tyler Independent School District:

Tyler – Students and staff at five Tyler ISD elementary campuses recently collected more than 6,000 books for Bill’s Bookshelf, a project of the Literacy Council of Tyler. Bill’s Bookshelf provides new and gently used children’s books free to families in the community. Bookshelves are placed at sites where low-income families have easy access to them, and children are invited to choose a book to keep.

Participating Tyler ISD campuses included Caldwell Elementary Arts Academy, Douglas Elementary School, Dr. Bryan C. Jack Elementary School, Owens Elementary School, and Andy Woods Elementary School.

TylerISD Book Drive 2014

Students from Andy Woods Elementary show off their hard work.

The Literacy Council distributes approximately 2,000 books per month. Therefore, the 6,000 book collection will help stock the bookshelves for three months.

“Our students, parents and staff members were excited about the opportunity to give back to the community, and provide books for children that may not have any, by participating in the book drive benefiting Bill’s Bookshelf,” Michelle Overmeyer, receptionist at Woods Elementary School, said.

Two Literacy Council interns from The University of Texas at Tyler, Marysol Romero and Ashley Watts, initiated the drive by reaching out to the elementary campuses.

“We went into the project not knowing the outcome, but on pick up day we were amazed at the outstanding number of books donated,” Romero said. “We are thankful for the participating schools and look forward to the next book drive with Tyler ISD in 2015.”

Brookshire’s, Chick-Fil-A, Raising Cane’s and Super 1 Foods provided prizes to the classes who collected the most books on each campus.

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