Volunteer Focus: Raising Books & Building Bookshelves

Last Fall , Lee Cooper began planning his Eagle Scout Service Project; he did some research and chose Foundations to be the beneficiary. His goal was to hold a book drive to raise 500 books and build 10 bookcases for our classrooms. His project was set in motion by planning work days, writing letters and ordering the bookshelf kits and supplies.

In October, Lee disseminated flyers in mailboxes and started spreading the word in order to help raise books and funds. He planned three work days on various weekends, and with the help of fellow Boy Scouts, friends and family, they assembled 10 bookshelves and installed caster wheels on them. Parents were helpful in driving Lee and his friends to pick up the donated books at various churches and friends’ homes, totaling over 500 books.
Lead by his servant heart, Lee wanted to share the importance of books and reading with our students. He said, “reading is proven to increase academic performance in the long run (for students), and now they can have (access to) books in every classroom.” Our new library is filled to the brim with books and our teachers and students are enjoying the bookshelves in their classrooms…thanks to Lee and his brilliant Eagle Scout Project. Both his father, Clark, and grandfather, Lee Sr., helped him load and deliver the handsome bookshelves and plethora of assorted books in early December. So, parents, please come and help us put those books to good use and read to your child’s class!