A book for every child makes Christmas brighter

Jack Milne, Dr. Sylvia Johnson and Jaime Sanborn (center), surrounded by Bolles Library Media Ambassadors who brought books to students at West Riverside Elementary School.

Jack Milne, Dr. Sylvia Johnson and Jaime Sanborn (center), surrounded by Bolles Library Media Ambassadors who brought books to students at West Riverside Elementary School.

Under the guidance of Bolles Middle School Head Jack Milne, an Avondale resident, and Middle School Librarian Jaime Sanborn, students embarked on a fundraising initiative to purchase  a new book for each of the 360 students at West Riverside Elementary School, Milne’s alma mater.

Bolles students purchased one book on the wish list of every student, wrapped them and hand delivered the books on Dec. 17. Additionally, donations of about $1,000 were used to purchase Publix gift cards for Riverside school families’ holiday grocery needs.

“You can’t possibly understand the impact of this,” said Dr. Sylvia Johnson, principal. “We have families in the school who have no printed materials in their homes because the parents can’t read. For you to take the time to buy and wrap these books is unbelievable.”

 

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