By Yvette Evans
Kimberley Park Elementary
JANUARY 13, 2020 - On the last day before Winter Break, Kimberley Park Media Center transformed into a holiday bookstore thanks to a very special “elf.”
West Forsyth High School senior, Emma Blanks, sponsored a book drive for students, and collected over 900 new and gently used books.
“I wanted to do the book drive because I had the privilege to grow up with access to a large variety of books, and it helped to establish a lifelong love of reading and made me a better student,” said Blanks.
Kimberley Park students in pre-k through fifth grades chose three books for their home libraries. There were even enough books for teachers to choose from for their classroom libraries. The remaining books were added to the media collection.
Media Coordinator Yvette Evans believes that kind gestures like the book drive that Emma coordinated, can have a lasting impact on students.
“Having a home library with a diverse collection of books, helps increase literacy skills, promotes a love of reading, and helps develop children into lifelong learners,” Evans said.
Emma also collected enough money for the school to have a $250 Barnes and Noble gift card to purchase more books and resources for the library.
“The staff and students at Kimberley Park will forever be grateful to Emma for the hard work and passion that she exhibited in making this book drive such a success.” Evans said. “We are also sincerely appreciative of those groups and individuals who contributed books and money.”