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Whitehouse third grader starts book drive for Hurricane Ike victims

Some folks a few hours to the south of us are in desperate need of help.  The small town of Bridge City, Texas was hit by Hurricane Ike a month ago, leaving hundreds homeless.  One East Texas third grader saw the devastation and wanted to help.  As KLTV 7's Molly Reuter explains, it's kids helping kids through the power of reading.  


At such a young age it can be easy for elementary aged students to take things for granted, like something as simple as reading a book.

"I would be really disappointed because I love checking out library books," said Stanton-Smith 3rd grader Nikki Warren.  Not a group of Stanton-Smith Elementary students.  They understand the power of reading and want to make sure every child has a library to go to.

"Everybody was talking about Hurricane Ike, but they never actually showed any pictures of the place that got hit really badly," said Warren.  "Then I saw some pictures of Bridge City, and I saw how bad it was.  They lost all their libraries and all their books."  From there, Stanton-Smith's Student Council started a Kids For Kids Book Drive, and in just one week the school has collected around 2,000 books.

"All the books have just been amazing me," said Stanton-Smith 5th grader Cameron York.  "I love helping the community and helping everyone.  It's really fun."

"The kids are all excited from each class, and they keep bringing me boxes of books, so it's wonderful," said Stanton-Smith 5th grade teacher Pam Adams.  "Most importantly, Adams says these students are learning they can make a difference.

"One idea can make a difference, and they can share that idea and then together they can really make a big difference in a community," said Adams. 

Stanton-Smith Elementary says it will continue to collect books from its students for another week, and you have a chance to help. On Saturday, November 1st it will hold a book drive at Barnes & Noble in Tyler.  The students will be there starting at 9 a.m. collecting books from the community.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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