- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – Ohio University Lancaster student organization Lambda Pi Eta
wants to make sure children in our region have the tools for early reading success. That’s why they are conducting a children’s book drive on campus.
“Children’s literacy is so important,” said Lambda Pi Eta member Jessica Kull. “There are so many high school students that graduate these days who can’t read or have a very, very low reading comprehension level. We need to start early and read to children. The best readers are the ones that have been read to their whole lives.”
The book drive will benefit children in Fairfield and Franklin Counties. Books are being accepted that are appropriate for babies through 3rd graders. There is a box in the art gallery for donors to place the books. The art gallery is currently hosting an exhibit featuring children’s book illustrators.
“We want as many books as possible,” said Kull. “They can be new books or gently used books.”
One of the organizations that will be getting the donated books is the Columbus Public School District.
“They are doing a program where they are trying to put books on the school buses. Some children have long bus rides these days, and they’re hoping that would give them a chance to read and improve their literacy skills while they have down time on the bus,” said Kull. “They’re also hoping it will help with behavior management.”
Kull said Lambda Pi Eta does not have a goal set for how many books members hope to collect, but they’re hopeful that students, faculty and staff will bring many books in to donate. They collection will be going on through February.