An annual book study went one step further when cadets sponsored a book drive inspired by Malala Yousafzai, the author of the book they were reading.
Usually the members of the Charlotte Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps have an annual service learning project, and for the past few years the project has been a book study. This year, Rocky River High School Cadets decided to start a community gook drive and also participated with local elementary schools in a Junior Achievement program.
The book they studied was ‘I Am Malala’, the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who was shot by terrorists for pursuing an education and who now crusades for the rights of all students to be educated.
Sergeant Major and Army instructor for the battalion James Callahan was impressed. “Isn’t that the coolest thing?” he said. “The decision was the idea of the students. It was the students on the book study team that said, ‘We’re doing a disservice to the sacrifice that Malala made in the pursuit of literacy. We’re doing a disservice if this is all we do for our project is study the book and do a project on the book – let’s take it to a different place, a place where it needs to be.’”
Cadets partnered with local pediatric clinics and teachers to provide books that children could take home. The book drive will continue indefinitely, and over 1,000 books have been donated for children to take home.