In correlation with Catholic Schools Week, a senior capstone group has collected books that will be given to children at a local elementary school.
Jordan Ramsey, Josh Schneider, Walker Schinaman and Andrew Wong originally had a different idea for their capstone project, but were inspired to do more.
“We originally just planned to tutor and mentor children, but decided as a group that we needed to do more,” Schinaman said. “The book drive also helps the school after we graduate from CJ, so our Capstone can make a lasting impact rather than just be a one year thing.”
“In many circumstances, children often don't have access to books that either they are interested in or need for school,” added Schneider. “This seemed like an important issue since reading is such an important skill and necessary to gain a better understanding of things. Also, it is a way for kids to escape into a new world through every page.”
Books contributed throughout the week will be given to St. Benedict the Moor Catholic School.
“Through my previous experiences tutoring at El Puente educational center and at St. Benedict, I realized the need for children to have books in order to further their education,” shared Wong. “In addition to this, I personally experienced this deficiency when I first arrived in the U.S. for grade school as I knew few words in the English language and the books I read were often two grades below me. Thus, I understand the ways in which books can change people's lives.”
Ramsey added, “Because of this project, kids will have more access to the books they want to read.”
The group said they're proud of this project and are excited to see the children’s faces when they receive the books.
“After the book drive, we will continue our service at the school and hopefully help some of the children improve their reading skills with the new variety of books,” Schinaman shared.
Wong also noted, “While the world may advance day by day, the issue of education gap and illiteracy is still prominent in our community today. Thus, we hope that others will continue this project after we graduate."
Posted January 30, 2020