The Navarro College Student Government Association at the Ellis Campus continues to support a good cause for school aged children with its annual “Take a ‘Brake’ and Read” book drive.

The drive was developed three years ago to inspire children to add reading to their plans while out for spring break.

“Our goal is to give each student a chance to read over the spring break,” said Karlynda Steen, SGA advisor. “During this book drive, we’ll give out one book per student.”

With great results from Wedgeworth Elementary School last year, Steen said the book drive aims to provide a book for each student enrolled at Northside Elementary School this year, with the most recent count totaling more than 500 students.

“We collected over 600 books last year for Wedgeworth students,” she said. “Right now we are at 550 students at Northside, but because we receive a new count every month, we’re hoping to have more students by our March 9 deadline.”

Seeking books on a first-grade through fifth-grade reading level, Steen said new or gently used books are requested and can be dropped off at designated drop-off locations — the school campus, Citizens National Bank in downtown, Big Lots, Chicken Express, Planet Beach Tanning Salon, Vector Marketing, Citizens National Bank (inside H-E-B) and First Convenience Bank (inside Wal-Mart).

“We have donation boxes set up all around town and this is the first year our SGA officers are doing everything,” Steen said. “We’re also accepting monetary donations and sponsorship level donations.”

Sponsorship levels include platinum level sponsors for $100, which adopts an entire class; gold level sponsors for $80, with 20 students adopted; silver level sponsors for $40, with 10 students adopted; and bronze level sponsors for $20, with five students adopted.

“The deadline for all monetary donations and sponsorship donations is Feb. 16,” Steen explained.

After all donations are in, the organization will go to Northside on March 9 to deliver donated books to the students.

“We just want to help the students of our community get interested in reading,” Steen said. “We want to give them a small foundation on the importance of education.”

For more information, contact Steen at (972) 937-7612 or SGA’s President Sara Russell at (972) 768-4890.

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