It Truly is the Season of Giving:

 

This year I am in charge of a Park Road Book tree for our students here at Communities In Schools. Each year this small, locally run, book store in Charlotte puts up a tree the day after Thanksgiving  for their patrons to sponsor our students. Students create ornaments, request books, and turn them in for the tree. This year Park Road Books took 350 ornaments, and every single student was chosen off the tree. I was blown away! How does a small bookstore motivate their patrons to buy SO MANY books for our students in those four weeks?It Truly is the Season of Giving:

Our main contact at the store greets me with a smile each time I show up at the store to pick up the next full box of boxes. She constantly tells me stories about patrons who were moved by our students’ stories, journeys and requests. Many of our teen mothers picked books not for themselves, but for their young children. One of our students spent his request on his little brother. Many of our high school students have chosen SAT or AP test prep books to better prepare themselves for college.

Simply by purchasing an extra book at the store the patrons of Park Road Books are changing a holiday season for our students. Some of these students have never owned a book of their own before. I am constantly moved by the generosity and support of the community. Strangers really can make a difference in the life of others if they are given the right opportunity.

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