Students Collect Thousands of Books for Good Cause

By KBJR News 1

March 28, 2012 Updated Mar 28, 2012 at 9:44 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - When students at North Star Academy School in Duluth put together a book drive, they never thought they'd collect enough books to pass their goal by eight times.

The students hoped to collect about 250 books but ended up gathering in more than 2,200 books.

The idea was spear-headed by two 8th graders as part of their service learning elective.

The students are hoping the books will help improve literacy in the Northland.

"We found a Web site for the United Way and it said that a ton of kids, like half in the Duluth Area, didn't have any books to read before Kindergarten," said student Spencer Hartley.

"We asked the teachers to ask their students' parents to donate books as well as the students and we would come and collect them every Tuesday," said student Garrett Menze.

The books were delivered to the United Way, which will distribute them to families and organizations around the Northland.

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