Using math and science skills for a community project to have middle school students donate new books to charities, 105 eighth graders bought, wrapped, and donated 270 books over the holidays.

Middle School Students Donate New Books to CharitiesAt Central Middle School, students showed holiday spirit by raising funds to purchase books for children in the Columbus area.

Teachers were searching for a way to bring community service into math and English classes. They discovered a free read-a-thon program by Usborne Books called “Reach For The Stars!”

The teachers renamed the projects “Literacy 4 Life” after including math and English.

With the help of two teachers, 105 eighth-graders combined mathematics, English and gift giving to provide new books for local charities to distribute.

The idea came from mathematics teacher Trisha Burns and English teacher Angela Spurgeon when they sought out a way to include helping the community in their daily lessons.

That was when they stumbled on a free read-a-thon program by Usborne and More called “Reach For the Stars!”

The teachers renamed the project “Literacy 4 Life” after changing it to include math and English concepts.

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