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updated: 11/22/2013 4:47 PM

Hawthorn students collect books for PADS Lake County

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  • Hawthorn Middle School North sixth grade students Michael Svistun, left, and Veronica Gawin write personal notes to place inside donated books at the Vernon Hills school Friday. Students in Rachel Serlin's Language Arts classes collected around 500 books to donate to PADS Lake County.

       Hawthorn Middle School North sixth grade students Michael Svistun, left, and Veronica Gawin write personal notes to place inside donated books at the Vernon Hills school Friday. Students in Rachel Serlin's Language Arts classes collected around 500 books to donate to PADS Lake County.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Hawthorn Middle School North sixth grade students in Rachel Serlin's Language Arts classes, including Ellie Kim, left, and Iviiy Salazar, collected around 500 books to donate to PADS Lake County. The collection was part of a nationwide literacy program called Milk + Bookies.

       Hawthorn Middle School North sixth grade students in Rachel Serlin's Language Arts classes, including Ellie Kim, left, and Iviiy Salazar, collected around 500 books to donate to PADS Lake County. The collection was part of a nationwide literacy program called Milk + Bookies.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 

PADS Lake County will be the recipient of 500 gently-used books courtesy of Hawthorn Middle School North sixth grade students.

Teacher Rachel Serlin and 75 students in her Language Arts classes held a weeklong book drive in support of Milk + Bookies, a nationwide literacy program.

"Basically, three of my classes have read the novel 'Maniac Magee.' One of the characters in the story does not know how to read, so Maniac teaches him to read," Serlin said.

On Friday, the students wrote personalized notes and boxed up the books for delivery. Students enjoyed milk and cookies while writing at their desks.

"I think it's important that children learn at a young age to be kind and giving to those who don't have books," Serlin added. "Books allow children to use their imagination and to experience new and wonderful things."

More information about Milk + Bookies and PADS Lake County can be found at www.milkandbookies.org and www.padslakecounty.org.

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