This week, students from Central Intermediate School partnered donated thousands of donated books to The Book Shelf for the benefit of Project Learn of Medina County, a non-profit organization. Project Learn helps support efforts to increase literacy throughout the county for adults by providing one-on-one tutoring and materials for those who need help with reading, math, English as a second Language and GED test prep.
CIS students and staff have a passion for literacy and conducted the book drive during Valentine’s Day week. In just five days, the students collected 3,223 books to donate to The Book Shelf.
On April 9, the CIS student council members and advisors Mr. Greg Stoner and Mrs. Nicole Doepker walked the students over to the store to make the donation in the rain.
“There was no incentive for the collection…they did it because they wanted to,” Stoner said on Wadsworth Community Radio Thursday morning.
“We sometimes live in a bubble and think about just Wadsworth and to find out that over 12,000 people in Medina County alone don’t have a high school diploma or GED, the kids wanted to do something. They were blown away by the need,” Doepker said.
“We have a great group of young people who want to make a difference in the community,” explained Stoner. “They’re always wanting to help someone.”
CIS students are also involved in planning a fundraiser for a community track and activity course for the late Dan VanAuken. More details on that Penny War fundraiser will be revealed on April 14 on Wadsworth Community Radio with Joanne Gahan, CIS principal. Tune in to Matt and Tina in the Morning to hear all of the details beginning at 6 a.m.