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Students collecting books for elementary classrooms


No matter the age, reading is something that Waterloo West High School teacher Heather Wagner said she wants to keep with her class.

These high school students are reading  "A Raisin in the Sun," but most of them remember their favorite book growing up.

"Growing up my favorite book was 'To Feed a Mouse a Cookie,'" Cheyenne Carpenter, Waterloo West High Senior, said. 

Carpenter is just one student council representatives trying to make sure other young elementary students get the opportunities she had.

"I know I have been privileged to have books at my house, but lots of people, little kids, don't get to go home and be able to have books or resources to read," Emily Gerst said.

Student here are collecting new or gently used books to donate to different elementary classrooms in the area.

It's an important project not only for the students, but also the elementary teachers as some are trying to build their libraries and keep reading books a special hobby.

"Especially nowadays with electronics, books aren't quite as popular as they have been in the past with students using computers and watching TV and using the internet more frequently, so we really want to make sure more students are still reading books today," Ross Bauer, SLC Coordinator, said.

The book drive runs until April 9.

Just drop off books at West High School in Waterloo and they will make sure they get to the elementary classrooms.

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