Students at Christ the
The high school’s community based volunteer organization, the Key Club, was responsible for collecting thousands of books, sorting them and packing them into boxes.
Lisa Longobardi, an art teacher who has been moderating the club for two-and-a-half years, supervised the collection.
Longobardi decided to arrange the book collection after she heard from a distressed colleague in
“That’s our niche,” Longobardi said, “We like to help people in need.”
Organizers hope that this contribution may help lower the city’s illiteracy rate, which is more than 40 percent based on statistics provided by the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans. Illiteracy in
“Knowing what happened in New Orleans a few years ago, I wanted to help them in anyway I could,” said Christ the King student Damion Depass, about the motivation behind getting involved in the project.
The students enjoyed working with the foundation to help the less fortunate. Volunteering seems to serve not only as an opportunity to help others, but to socialize as well.
“We do a lot of service projects each year and we always have fun when we do it,” said Jessica Mann, a senior at Christ the King. Mann joined the Key Club, in part, because her friends were members.
Mann and other students helped collect and organize books to send to schools and libraries in