2013-11-01 / Community

CT Students Help Scholars’‘Rock Away the Storm’

By Katie McFadden

Scholars’ Academy is continuing to get help from others.

Students from Wilton, Connecticut led a mass book drive to help replenish the bookshelves of the Sandy-stricken school.

When Sandy flooded Scholars’ Academy, the school lost nearly all of its classroom libraries and book storage room. Members of the Class Project 2016 of Wilton, CT, a group of high school sophomores took part in Project Rock Away the Storm with Books. Students and their parents spent several months collecting new books and monetary donations from people and companies around their community to give to Scholars’.

“We wanted to make sure their classroom libraries looked at least as good as ours, so we asked for a list of specific titles to make sure 100% of our efforts would give the teachers exactly what they needed for their students,” Amanda Craven, a sophomore said.

The students collected classic titles such as Fahrenheit 451, Pride and Prejudice, and Of Mice and Men, as well as many modern books and historical books.

The Wilton High School sophomores learned of the struggles of Scholars’ Academy through two of Wilton’s own ABC (A Better Chance) scholars who had previously attended the school. “We became acquainted with many families from Rockaway after being a host family for one of their students,” Adrienne Ready, Board member for ABC said.

The group began their efforts in August. They partnered with the Norwalk, CT Barnes and Noble book store and held bake sales and an open donation day for books and money.

On Saturday, October 26th, they held a final community-wide book drive at Wilton High School and raised $900 during the event.

The group collected 2,000 books valued at nearly $18,000 for the total project.

The Class Project 2016 delivered the books to Scholars’ Academy on October 29th.

“In a time it seems so much of what we hear is negative, what a wonderful thing to see students come together to help out other students,” teacher Dannielle Colleran said.

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