By Erica Anderson, Digital Journalist
East Carolina University graduate students are helping a local elementary school promote literacy.
As part of a community service project, four Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students held a book drive for Belvoir Elementary School on Monday.
“The students there are so eager to learn; but, it’s a really rural area and they may not have very many opportunities. The teachers there do so much to help them so we wanted to provide as many resources [as] we can too,” said ECU graduate student Adam Johnson.
The book drive began 10 days ago and concluded with a six-hour donations drive outside the Domino’s Pizza on Charles Boulevard.
So far the group of four MAT students collected more than 1200 books.
“If you can put books in the hands of young readers and promote literacy early on, they’ll love learning and they’ll love books their entire life,” said Johnson.
As part of the book drive, the students have also set up a fundraising website on www.gofundme.com. All the money raised on the website will go directly to Belvoir Elementary School.
If you would like to donate to Belvoir Elementary School click here.
To view the news segment about the book drive, click here.