Students to hold book drive, encourage kids to read
Wingate University wants to start collecting early for this year’s Christmas, with some specific people in mind. As a partnership with Wingate Elementary, college students are collecting books and money, in hopes of giving each child at the school two books for Christmas.
“We were just looking for ways to promote reading,” Wingate University Director of Community Service Lauren Schroeder said. “Also, one of my tasks is to get out and find ways of how we can get Wingate students involved in the community. We met with the Wingate Elementary staff and a book drive sounded like a good idea.”
The idea is that elementary school kids see college students like to read, then maybe they’ll give it a second chance, instead of focusing on video games and other things, Schroeder said.
“We hope they’ll look and say ‘hey, these college students like to read, if I want to be a doctor or an architect, then I need to read.”
Students will collect books at the two upcoming home football games. The first, Sept. 24 and the second on Oct. 1. At each game, there will be a tent set up outside Erwin Belk Stadium, where people can drop off books they want to donate. The books have to be age appropriate, something that elementary school kids can read. If someone can’t make it to the game, they can drop off donations at any time at the Dixon Palmer Student Center.
Once the books are collected, then the Wingate students will deliver them during the elementary school’s last week in this semester.
“Our goal is to get every student in that school two new books for Christmas,” Schroeder said. “If someone doesn’t have a book to give, they can also donate money and we’ll use those funds to buy books, to give this year.”
As an added incentive, any student that makes the honor roll for the first quarter will get to come free of charge to an October game and have their names announced over the loudspeaker.
“Our hope is to do this more often, with football, basketball games,” Schroeder said. “We hope to encourage kids and let them know it’s worth it to do well in school.”