Making a Difference One Book at a Time
The Moreau Catholic High School’s 24-hr Read-a-thon raised funds to buy books for St. Leander Catholic School.
After the Moreau Catholic High School Book Club learned that some of the students in our local community did not have access to a school library, they were inspired to make a difference. Last year, the proceeds from the 1st annual 24-hr Read-a-thon were used to purchase almost 3,000 books for the students and staff at Our Lady of the Rosary, a Catholic elementary school in Union City. On Friday, February 10th, 72 students at Moreau Catholic HS competed in the 2nd annual Moreau Catholic 24-hr Read-a-thon. Students raised $2,726 which will be used to purchase new books for the classroom collections of St. Leander Catholic School, a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school located in San Leandro. The principal at St. Leander, Lynne Mullen, and the Director of Institutional Advancement at St. Leander, Christine Chan, paid a special visit to the library during the Read-a-thon competition while the St. Leander student body cheered on the participants through Skype. Ten teams were still in the competition at the 23rd hour but a final “write-off” competition narrowed the teams down to one winner based on the team essays. One team’s response to the essay question “What was the first book you ever read that made you realize what reading could do for you?” was: Harry Potter. It allowed us as kids to discover new adventures through experiences of characters in the stories. I could always relate myself to certain characters, which helped me realize that even in stories, we share similar problems and hardships. Through fiction, we can connect and resolve difficulties through learning from others’ journeys.
Hopefully the books we deliver to St. Leander Catholic School will do just that!