In addition to this PSA, the students have
created homemade donation boxes for
of each G-J school, GJPS Central
Office and Gahanna City Hall.
Student PSA: "Books and more
books...we need books!"
Please — no magazines, outdated textbooks,
used coloring books, or books
with torn pages,
excessive writing and other signs of significant
The Gahanna Middle School South (GMSS) 6th-grade Community Service Committee is marking
the days leading up to National Read Across America Day, March 2, with a Read Across Gahanna Winter Book Drive.
The students have set a goal to collect 1,000 new or
gently used children’s books (pre-k through 8th-grade) through March 2. The drive culminates with a mass donation to The Free Store/Stonybrook United Methodist Church.
"Books and more books...we need books," said a student committee member excitedly, pausing a moment from creating a marketing poster that will hang in an area school.
The student-led campaign asks that students, staff and community members place new and gently used books in the homemade donation boxes they will have placed in the lobby/front entrance area of each Gahanna-Jefferson School, as well the GJPS Central Office at 140 S. Hamilton Rd, next to GLHS. The box will also be in the lobby area of Gahanna City Hall.
Arrangements for monetary or civic contributions can be made by contacting GMSS at 614-337-3730 or via email to GMSS Principal Kristen Groves.
According to a study published in the journal Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, the correlation between the level of education their children will eventually attain and the number of available books in his or her home while growing up is of greater importance than income level, parents level of education and a host of other factors.
"I just think everybody should have books," said another committee member. "We kids like books!"