Darien High School freshman Lily Johnston and her sister, Anne, have thousands of reasons to be proud.
As volunteers for Darien Book Aid Plan, the Johnstons worked recently with Royle Elementary School Library Media Specialist Sherrie Lanier to carry out a successful book drive.
The Johnstons, who are alumnae of the elementary school, started the drive because of the low supply of children’s books available to meet demand. Anne is a 2015 DHS graduate.
Since 1949, Darien Book Aid Plan has fostered literacy around the world through the free distribution of books. Books go to fill requests from the Peace Corps volunteers, school administrators, libraries, and correctional institutions.
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Each year, Book Aid sends close to 1,000 boxes of books to over 50 countries, and more than 500 boxes of books to agencies in the United States.
In all, more than 2,000 books from Royle families were donated to fill requests from schools and libraries around the world.
— Marc Marin is district director of instructional technology. This article is republished from the Darien Public Schools News of the Week newsletter.