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Book drive assists neighboring schools

Book club hosts book drive and donates to elementary schools in the area

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Book drive assists neighboring schools

A shelf of books in the library with a motivational quote reminds students of the importance of reading.

A shelf of books in the library with a motivational quote reminds students of the importance of reading.

Photo by Emily Jackson

A shelf of books in the library with a motivational quote reminds students of the importance of reading.

Photo by Emily Jackson

Photo by Emily Jackson

A shelf of books in the library with a motivational quote reminds students of the importance of reading.

Emily Jackson, Copy editor/online opinions editor

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Although one might picture the book club to be a group of students sitting in a circle discussing a novel, McLean’s book club truly is going above and beyond to help the community. The book club book drive will collect book donations from students and give them to the greater Fairfax County area schools.

There are several [elementary] schools very close to us, such as Timber Lane and Pine Spring, who have very low test scores, and over half of the student body on free or reduced lunches,” co-president of the book club Alex Ferentinos said.

Although these schools may face a numerous range of complicated problems, the book club is doing their part by attempting to combat them one page at a time.

“It’s schools like these who we will try to give these books to in order to help them with those problems,” Ferentinos said.

The book drive will take place from Feb. 18-Feb. 22. In order to participate, students can bring in old or unwanted books and place them in the collection boxes that will be placed in various locations around school, including the library, the cafeteria and student services. Although all books will be appreciated, the book club is seeking certain types in particular.

“Specifically, we would like books for entry level readers and Spanish or English books to help these communities,” Ferentinos said.

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