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Senior starts book drive for former elementary school

posted Nov 2, 2017, 3:06 AM by Cheryl Shuffler

By Natalie Ollis, Burke Middle School student

Burke Middle College senior Olivia “Ollie” Hilton is going back to her elementary school for her senior project. She is hosting a book drive at W.A. Young Elementary School to garner support and encourage reading. Ollie has always enjoyed reading and realized at an early age how vital it is. She decided to build her project off of this passion because she understands the importance of giving back to the community in a way that will be beneficial and continue to have an impact for years to come.

            For her graduation project, Ollie is working with W. A. Young media coordinator Stephanie Price as her project mentor; Price was Ollie’s librarian when she was in elementary school and looks at her project as a way to repay the woman who helped foster her love of reading at a young age. Ollie has spent many hours volunteering and helping behind thescenes at the media center, checking new books into the system, sorting returned books, and giving book recommendations to the students visit. The school has new critical thinking and maker space stations in the media center that include puzzles to help students learn to connect and develop ideas. The books that Ollie gathers from the book drive will go directly to the W.A. Young Elementary School library so the kids will have more books to choose from.

            Ollie chose this project because of her love for reading. Her goal for the book drive is to get as many books as possible for the school; her goal for her project is to learn more about kids’ involvement with reading and also the inner workings of being a librarian. She also wants the ease of talking to children to branch out into other aspects of her life, garnering critical communication skills along the way.

Lisa Wall, Ollie’s English teacher at Burke Middle College said, “I’m excited about the project because many more children will have access to fun books that will spark their continued interest in learning.” Ollie knows that everyone needs to be able to read in order to learn and wants to set a good example for the children and give them new reading materials. She said,  “I want to show that reading isn’t boring and that it can actually be an escape to take you places you can’t go otherwise.” Ollie is taking book donations at theBurke Middle College office and classrooms at Western Piedmont Community College through Oct. 20