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Lone Star Literacy Project gives 800 books to Crippen Elementary


Lone Star Literacy Project gives 800 books to Crippen Elementary


December 16, 2016 | Lifelong Learner | Three local organizations joined together in a literacy project and brought more than 800 books to students at Crippen Elementary School Dec. 12.

Representatives from the Lone Star College Kingwood Women’s Center, Phi Theta Kappa International Alpha Lambda Xi chapter students and the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County collaborated on a literacy project. They gave a new or gently used book to every first grade student at Crippen Elementary. LSC-K representatives and honors society students gathered books for the event while the Rotary Club donated the cost to pay for a T-shirt for each student which featured an astronaut and the statement ‘Reading Brings You the World.’

All of the first graders in the school received a book that was hand picked by their teacher according to their interests. For example, if students liked animals, science or dinosaurs, their teacher gave them a book on one of those subjects. A total of 131 students received books and more than 800 books were collected by the LSC-K students. The remainder of the books were donated to Crippen Elementary for the library or as classroom resources.

“I would like to continue to collect books,” said Diane Blanco of the LSC-K Women’s Center. “There are so many children who do not own a book of their own. This is a way to inspire children to read. We would love to find other partnerships in the community to support this effort.”

Blanco said that she plans to continue the literacy project and expand it to other campuses in New Caney ISD and surrounding districts. To donate books to the Lone Star Literacy Project, contact Diane Blanco at 281-318-4332 or via email at