Pupils in Kati McFadden’s class at Greencastle-Antrim Primary School love the quote ‘Dreams only work if you do’.
Fifth graders are putting this idea into action as they prepare Books and Blooms, a fundraiser they will be holding from 3:20 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 on the elementary school playground.
The youngsters were looking for a way to give back to the community and came up with the win-win that makes them feel good, putting books in the hands of readers of all ages and raising money for the Greencastle Exchange Club, McFadden mentioned.
The Exchange Club really helps the school and the community, according to student Lyllian Miller, who explained that the group provides Christmas gifts to students from families in need.
Play ball!Baseball action from Waynesboro, Greencastle-Antrim and James Buchanan
Pictures of colorful fun:Greencastle-Antrim High School Class of 2024 hosts fun Color the Castle race
When they were in first or second year, each student received a personalized book with their name in the history of the club, added his classmate Kailah Everly. The book was illustrated by a high school art student.
Rona Zheng, who is “super-organized”, is the class leader of the project.
“We all have a role to play,” Braedon Rogers said, explaining that he and his classmates serve on various committees. The Publicity Committee promotes the sale in school announcements and makes posters to put up in the community.
Members of the community are invited to attend the sale and can help out in advance by donating books to the elementary school office.
“It’s very organized and everyone plays small parts of the project,” Kylie Snodderly said.
The age committee separates the books by primary, elementary, middle and secondary, and adult titles, while the quality control committee checks for tears, pencil marks and stains, according to Addie Ryce.
The gratitude committee makes tiny cards that say “thank you” and attaches them to candies to give to book givers and encourage them to tell their friends, Charlotte Wagner said.
In the spirit of “many hands make light work,” McFadden students ask other fifth graders to help out, such as bringing cookies to hand out at the sale.
“We’re the backbone, but it’s not just about us,” McFadden said.
Books will be sold on a donation basis.
The flowers and plants, provided at cost by Becky Shubert of The Native Niche, will be marked to be sold at a slight profit.
Eli Buhrman said he hopes everyone comes to pick up books for sale.
Shawn Hardy is a reporter for Gannett’s Franklin County newspapers in south-central Pennsylvania – Echo Pilot in Greencastle, The Record Herald in Waynesboro, and Public Opinion in Chambersburg. She has over 35 years of journalism experience. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org