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Memorial Students Collect Children's Books For Children's Hospital
Riley and Gianna at Children's Hospital
Memorial students collected 340 children's books which were delivered to Children's Hospital!
The project was the idea of Fourth Graders Gianna Fannie and Riley Woods, who were inspired to do something after reading a persuasive story during Hawk Time about a child who collected teddy bears and gave them to others.
Rather than collect teddy bears, they asked their classmates to donate books for a "Make A Difference Book Drive," that would be appropriate for the patients at Children's Hospital.  They set a goal of 200 books and were pleasantly surprised when their goal was surpassed by 140 books!
The book drive was assisted by the donation of 69 books from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, with many of them signed by the authors!  Children's book author Stephanie Keyes is a member of the Society as well as a Memorial parent, and was so impressed with the Book Drive that she shared the news with the Society, who also wanted to be a part of the process.
Gianna and Riley presented their idea to Memorial Principal Mr. Chalus, and they wrote a letter that was included in the PTA's weekly eblast to parents.  They also made the collection box and posters to publicize the project.
Overseeing the project was Memorial Instructional Support Teacher Mrs. Salay, who was extremely impressed with the girls' efforts.  "They worked really hard.  Once they came up with the idea, they made a plan and presented their idea to Mr. Chalus. I am so proud of what they were able to accomplish."
The books were delivered to Children's Hospital via a school mini bus.  Accompanying the girls to Children's Hospital were their parents as well as Mrs. Salay.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make this project a huge success.  The project proves that "Kindness Is Contagious!" 
Please click here to see some photos.   To learn more please click here to read the story which appeared in the December 8 edition of the Post-Gazette.