BY ADJANI SHAH
What started as a class project for Melissa Levin’s second graders at P.S. 108 soon escalated into a community service effort.
The destruction of homes during Sandy also meant the loss of books for many children, including two of the school’s own students. The kids of Levin’s class want to help.
A book drive will be held from March 4 to March 8 at the school. It is a collaboration of teachers, school officials, parents, and, of course, the second grade students. They are collecting boxes, hanging posters, and handing out flyers to the community to raise awareness.
The school is asking for any genre of children books ranging from pre-k to fifth grade reading levels.
“Any book, new or old,” Levin said, is accepted.
Books can be dropped off at the school, at 108-10 109th Avenue in Ozone Park. Several drop boxes will be located throughout the school where teachers, parents and students will be posted to receive them.
The donated books will be distributed to several other elementary schools whose students were also victims of Sandy.
Second grader Sophia Sookram said children cannot practice their reading at home since they lost all their books.
“With your help, kids will have a story to read every night,” she said.
Specific times for drop offs are: Monday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 6 from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.