The Educators Rising program is hosting a used book drive

By Faith Sappington Editor, Marsaline Marshall High School

For the past few years, the Educators Rising program, led by Danielle Callanan, a teacher at the Saline County Career Center, has been known to host an annual canned food drive for participating student projects in the class. This year the drive has been reorganized into a used book drive, an opportunity for individuals to bring in books that have gathered dust on their shelves and donate them for better use.

“This year other organizations have been holding canned food drives, so we decided to try a new idea,” Callanan said.

The student leading the book drive this year is Senior Katelyn Morgan. It’s her first year at Educators Rising, and she’s in Callanan’s three-hour block teaching class. Morgan will assess the success of the collection afterwards and help the class transport the books to the small libraries located in Marshall. EdRising also plans to distribute books within the school system. “If we have an abundance of donations, we hope to set up tables in all schools to donate books before the Christmas holidays,” Callanan said. Small libraries that the class will deliver books to are located throughout the city of Marshall. Passing churches and playgrounds, citizens will see cabinet-style wooden boxes mounted on pillars and filled with all kinds of books. People come to these little libraries and take a book, leaving one of their own in return. Or, they can borrow a book to come back to later. So far, the collection has generated enough books to fill six boxes, and with more time to give, they’ll definitely yield more. All schools in the district participate in the used book collection, with an incentive to donate as many books as possible. The school with the most donations will see its administrators participate in the Tortilla Challenge, a form of entertainment that began with a TikTok video being shared around the app. The game consists of one opponent standing in front of the other with a tortilla for each person. Both players then fill their mouths with water and take turns slapping each other with the tortilla until one of them spits the water out.

The book drive runs until Dec. 2, so anyone who has wasting books on the shelves should dust them off and take them to one of the public schools in the district to donate.

“I’m excited to see how many books we’re getting and to see all these little bookcases filled,” Morgan said.

Ryan H. Bowman