THS students glean 1,000 books for childhood literacy

Dec. 09, 2013 @ 02:14 PM

A group of Thomasville High School students made sure hundreds of Chair City children will spend the holiday season reading a new book.
Thirteen students in two early childhood classes at THS collaborated on a book drive in an effort to increase literacy among prekindergarden children. In early September, students began to collect as many books as possible. They wrote donation letters, researched literacy statistics and went face-to-face with teachers and staff with a goal of gathering 200 books.
They collected nearly 1,000.
"The students decided they wanted to do an activity to give back to the community," said Catrese Parks, early childhood and parenting teacher at THS. "They know literacy is a big thing in our community that needs improvement. They did this all themselves."
Students in the early childhood programs intern at Thomasville Primary School, Thomasville Head Start and Davidson County Community College, applying skills learned in class to pre-K children. Thomasville Head Start received approximately 600 books and DCCC was given around 400.
The THS wood shop built and donated a book shelf for Thomasville Head Start. The shelf now is filled with new reading material.
"It's been a really good experience," said Kayla Mock, who works at Thomasville Head Start. "A lot of people in the class got closer because we all had to work together to get the books. It feels good knowing all of us worked together to accomplish this and donate books to children who may not have books at home or are in a situation where they can't get books."
Thomasville Head Start Senior Director Theresa Moore said the book donation fits in perfectly with a new literacy initiative designed to ensure a book is in the home of every child.
"What these girls have done is wonderful," said Moore. "The children now each have a book to go in their home for Christmas. They have books to check out and we can increase literacy. This is a wonderful community partnership that we have with Thomasville City Schools and it can only get stronger from this point on."

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