First-graders at Fremont Elementary School in Mundelein recently packed up 500 books that they are donating to a school that can't afford to purchase many books for its students. Students collected gently-used books from home and purchased new books from the store to help out.
"We believe this is a great way for our younger students to think of others, and it will help our students learn how they can make this world a better place, even as young as they are," said teacher Laura McCarthy.
"We are so fortunate here at Fremont, with a wealth of books and iPads, that it's nice for kids to give to other kids."
"It felt good inside to give the books to other kids," first-grader Sophia Newsom said.
Kenneth Murphy Elementary School in Beach Park is the recipient of Fremont's books. Principal Matt Mayer is grateful to schools like Fremont for their generosity.
The primary goal for the donated books will be to stock the school's Little Free Libraries. There are 15 Little Free Libraries strategically placed along the school's bus routes.
A Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization's way of inspiring a love of reading through book exchanges. It is Mayer's hope that students will become more engaged in reading over the summer by borrowing books from these libraries.
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