Each semester, Project MARS/AmeriCorps collects “Great Stories,” in which its members reflect on their experiences mentoring in the classroom and the progress they see students making. This month’s story comes from Melissa Pinkerton.
I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to serve with AmeriCorps and to help enrich the lives of others. In September, I helped to organize a book drive for the Cherokee County Schools system. There was a lot of work that went into this drive, and it was very rewarding to be able to provide children of Cherokee County with free books.
On a daily basis I don’t get to interact with students, but through this book drive I was able to help Martin’s Creek school organize a “Biscuit & Books” event and I was able to interact with students.
It was awesome to see the students’ faces as they pondered on which book they would choose. Their eyes would light up and they would have a gleaming smile when they found “their” book! There was one little boy in particular who loved this option of picking out a book, but he didn’t want his siblings to miss out, so he also picked out a book for them too!
It was so nice to be a part of that event and see all the hard work for the book drive to come to fruition.