When we think of recycling, our minds are limited to images of large blue bins filled with cardboard scraps and plastic bottles. But once eighteen-year-old Maria Reynolds from Houston, Texas saw that the students at Gregg Elementary were seriously lacking in books, she decided everyone needed to expand their vocabulary.
And so, in the fall of 2010, her junior year at St. John’s School, Maria founded “Recycled Reads,” an organization devoted to collecting and donating books to kids in underprivileged neighborhoods. She managed to donate about 2,000 books to Gregg Elementary.
The kids, who previously hadn’t owned a single book at home, were transformed. “Since the donation, the students' reading levels have shot up, they have discovered favorite authors and series, and they are sharing the books with other members of their families!” Maria says.
That was just the beginning. When Maria presented her project to another service organization, Links, Inc., they decided to take Gregg Elementary under their wing, providing tutoring services in reading, donating laptops and e-readers, and rewarding the most avid readers with a pizza party.
Maria’s response? “I'm just glad I was able to make a difference!” she says.
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