Tamara Felden, owner of the Artsy Bookworm book store in Rock Island started the campaign "Planting Books-Seeds 4 a Better Future". She asked the community to step up and help out local kids.
And they delivered! Through the donation campaign, Felden was able to purchase enough books that every second-grade student would be able to walk away with a book bundle that includes three books. Books that they can take home and start their own home library with.
"We want to make sure children can develop independent reading skills and gain the benefits that come with them: improved academic performance, greater self-confidence, which in turn can lead to building good habits. And that can lead to a better future," said Felden.
On Monday, September 19 Felden stopped by Rock Island Academy to give the books to the students. The students were excited to be able to take home books that they can call their own.
Felden plans on doing the donation campaign every year. A BIG thank you to Ms. Felden and all the donors who made this book donation possible for our students!