Today, a group of students from Gill Elementary School will deliver a very special gift to the children of Detroit.
The school's Junior Optimist club is bringing 1,256 books to Break Through Library for the Children of Detroit. Created last summer by volunteers with Central Detroit Christian (CDC), the library is a resource for CDC's tutoring program and summer day camp.
"They really want kids to read, but their parents don't have enough money," club president Halie Hayes, 10, said. "They just want to give children a chance to read."
Halie said club members wanted to help "kids who aren't as fortunate as we are." The collection has been on-going since the middle of January. In addition to announcements at school, the club sent an email to all parents of Gill Elementary students – and soon, the donations started rolling in.
"I'm very proud of my group," said Halie, who is in her first full year with the group.
As the Farmington Hills students unload books today, they will be working with the Detroit students who will benefit from the drive. "I really want to meet the kids and see their difference between their lives and ours," Halie said.