Pine Middle School helps spread joy of reading

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Students at Pine Middle School have come together to collect books that will help students in other schools. The students collected the books during a two-week long book drive this month. The books will be given to Spread the Word Nevada, a nonprofit that seeks to increase early childhood literacy by placing books in the hands of children in at-risk or low income communities.

"We got so many books, way more than I expected," says Madeleine Garcia, Pine Middle School leadership teacher. "The school really came together. All the students, sixth, seventh and eighth grade. It was great!"

"They just made posters and shared that these books would be going to kids who aren't able to have books of their own and these kids really stepped up and they came together as a school and a community and they had this huge effort and we have all these books!" says Mackenzie Cortez, Program Manager for Spread the Word Nevada in Washoe County. She estimates thousands of books were collected during this book drive.

Cortez says the books from this drive will go to students at Rita Cannan Elementary School in Reno and Greenbrae Elementary School in Sparks.

Spread the Word Nevada gets many of its books from book drives. Since the organization expanded into Washoe County last year, several groups and businesses have sponsored book drives in the community. Cortez says it's an easy way for the community to help bring the joy of reading to more kids and their families.

Spread the Word Nevada is a 2019 KOLOCares Pillar Partner.