One of the things that makes me the most proud about Kate is her giving nature. Sometimes she’s almost a little too giving. If she knows that someone wants or needs something that she has, she will give it to them…no questions asked. She and I have talked a lot lately about being charitable and ways that we can give back to the community. She and her fellow student council members have been coming up with ways to encourage other students to give too. She recently had the idea to start a book drive. We were shopping at Michaels a couple of weeks ago and were asked if we wanted to donate a book to the Children’s Hospital, and she immediately went into planning action! In the car, Kate asked if she could start her own book drive and donate the books to the children as well, and I thought it was a great idea! With a few supplies in hand, and thanks to our friends at Elmer’s she got to work making making her first Book Donation Station! It’s so cool to see her working to do something for others!
She started with a large cardboard box, some print outs of the covers of her favorite children’s books, scrapbook paper, Elmer’s school glue, foam paint brushes, an Elmer’s chalkboard foam board and an Elmer’s Paint Marker.
Kate started by decoupaging the paper onto the box. She simply applied the school glue to the back of each piece and smoothed them onto the box.
Next, she used the glue to add the book cover print outs to the box.
To seal and protect the paper and prints, she applied a thin layer of glue all over the paper covered box.
Once the box was covered, she cut her chalkboard foam board so that it would fit into the back of the box, and made her sign asking for donations of gently used books using the chalk paint pen!
I love this idea so much, and seeing her filled with so much pride makes my heart so full!
And, I have to say…she is getting a ton of support! Lots of books have been donated so far, and I can’t wait to take her to the different hospitals around town to share them with the children! I hope that you will share this idea with your kiddos and encourage them to do something to give back as well! As always, thanks to our good friends at Elmer’s for supplying the amazing products for this project!!