This fall and winter, the Eanes librarians have done a variety of fundraisers in support of both the local and global community.
This fall, the NGC and Westlake HS libraries spearheaded a “Give Thanks, Give Back” book drive to collect children’s picture books for Bookspring/RIF. Bookspring uses the books in local hospitals and doctor’s offices for children.
HCMS Students sign bookplates for Mahiga Hope Library
During the holidays, both Westlake HS Library and Hill Country and Westridge Middle school libraries have raised funds to help Mahiga Hope High School, a school built in Kenya by Turk Pipkin’s foundation, the Nobelity Project.
Westlake held a small holiday teacher auction selling used books to raise money for Mahiga Hope library, while Westridge and Hill Country raised an impressive $10,000 from their students for the Mahiga library as well. Students signed book plates to go in the books that will be purchased for Mahiga Hope, and are working on an ongoing connection with students at Mahiga. All funds have been sent to the Nobelity Project staff for their upcoming trip to Kenya.
Additionally, all the libraries in the district are preparing to participate this spring in Bookspring’s Read-a-thon–either by collecting books, or by entering in the read-a-thon to earn funds per page that they read. (Last year the EISD libraries collected over $58,000 for Bookspring/ RIF.!) It’s an excellent fundraiser as it encourages students to read as well as donate to a good cause.
EISD Libraries are committed to student literacy, and to demonstrating to students how to support literacy on a larger scale as well.
For more information on the Read-a-thon details, check out Bookspring’s Read-a-thon Site or contact the campus librarian.