TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
If you're still holding on to your kids or grand kids' old children's books, you can donate them and help some high school seniors with a school project.
Two students at Robert E. Lee High School have taken it upon themselves to host a city-wide book drive. They're collecting children's books to restock the Literacy Council's bookshelves. Donations of new and gently used books will go to one of the four "Bill's Bookshelf" locations in Tyler. These are books that children and adults can read and take home for free.
"Both of us have parents that are teachers so we wanted something to help with education, and the doors just opened up for us to help the Literacy Council and give them some books to help read," explains Emily Attebery, a Robert E. Lee Senior who is organizing the project.
"One generation of literacy in a family can send somebody so far. That can put them through college. Once you have that kind of cycle of learning... how to read and being able to read and write...you can pass that on," says Meghan Swartz, who is also organizing the book drive.
Anyone can donate their own children's books until February 21, 2014. The girls have set up a public donation box at Hastings in Tyler. You can also donate by contacting the Literacy Council directly.
To get in touch with the Literacy Council of Tyler or to read more about how Bill's Bookshelf is helping children and adults, click here or call 903-533-0330.