KSU Provides Local Elementary Schoolers with Free Books
Villa Rica, GA. Friday, November 15, 2019 Students and staff from the Kennesaw State University and the Georgia Highlands College Paulding Site provided a special Book Drive for Villa Rica students. The groups went to Villa Rica Elementary School with hundreds of free books in order to give students access to a variety of reading material to build their reading skills.
The 450 elementary students served were able to choose from hundreds of books and select one to keep as their own. KSU Paulding Site Director, Dalton Lemelle Jr., explained the purpose of the Book Drive was to provide students an opportunity to have reading material that they could pour-over and re-read without the time constraints that come with library books. By having ownership of a book, the goal of KSU was to provide a stress-free environment for the students to not only build confidence in their reading skills but to build a life-long love of reading.
Kennesaw State University’s dedication to their local surrounding areas and allowing its staff and students opportunities to serve is making an impact on the communities. KSU Paulding Site Community Service Coordinator, Terri Koch, who is also a senior in the 2+2 Early Childhood Education program, and a member of the KSU Federal Work-study Program, explained that numerous times during the year, KSU Paulding’ Circle K Organization and GHC Brother 2 Brother Organization partner to provide community service opportunities for the students to give back to the surrounding communities. “Our students had an exceptional time providing books and other items to the Villa Rica Elementary students. We were especially proud to know that we were the first organization to provide each of their students with books of their own. Again, it feels extremely gratifying to give back to the community.”
The KSU and GHC staff and students wish to thank Principal Bias and Ms. Candace Williams for making their experience such a memorable one.The volunteering KSU Circle K Organization Students were Terri Koch and Hannah Atcheson; the volunteering Georgia Highlands College Brother 2 Brother Organization Students were Jerimyah Boatman and David Gyebi.