It was an day of fun for kids, but it served the two-fold purpose of furnishing a children’s section of Meadows Library and remembering a girl who wanted to teach kids to read.
Midlothian FCCLA. (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) hosted Read-A-Thon Saturday to raise money for Brooke’s Book Nook, the children’s book area at the local library. Brooke Cambron was a Midlothian High School student who died two years ago in an automobile accident. Cambron aspired to go to college and teach first graders to read.
“She loved children and wanted to be a teacher after she graduated,” said Chelsea Jordan, a MHS senior and vice president of finance for FCCLA.. “We wanted to help raise money for Brooke’s scholarship as well as do something positive for the community in an area she would have been passionate about.”
Jordan said FCCLA. realized Meadows Library Children’s Center had more than 40,000 books less than Waxahachie and Cedar Hill children’s centers and saw this as an opportunity to do something positive for Brooke and the city of Midlothian.
Saturday’s Read-A-Thon was the first in a series of fundraisers to fully outfit Brooke’s Book Nook.
“We want to build a puppet stage, put children’s furniture in there and also a rug,” said Jayelyn Johnson, a MHS senior and president of FCCLA.. “We’ve had several people give us checks for $200 and we are writing a letter to businesses and industry in Midlothian seeking their support.
A plaque with Brooke’s picture and explaining the project will also be hung in the nook.
Johnson said MHS is fully behind the project.
“We’ve gotten help from the Student Council, PAL, the Pantherettes and the Ag Department,” said Johnson. “We’re pleased with the way everything is coming together.”
The Read-A-Thon set up reading stations, book extension tables, a professional puppeteer and clown for the kids. A ribbon cutting for “Brooke’s Book Nook” in the children’s center was also held.
Jordan said half of all money raised will go to furnishing the children’s center at Meadows Library and the other half will be donated to the Brooke A Cambron Memorial Scholarship Fund to help support MISD students going into careers that will positively impact the life of a child.
Donna Cambron, Brooke’s mother, was on hand for Saturday’s Read-A-Thon.
“Brooke would have been so proud of this because it teaches kids to read,” said Mrs. Cambron. “It’s unbelievable what these students have accomplished and it really has touched our heart.”
Anyone wanting to donate to Brook’s Book Nook can call Midlothian High School at 972-775-8237 or A.H. Meadows Library at 972-775-3417.