News: Spread the Words Club Finds Success in First Book Drive

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Caroline Kellie and Paige Muschott successfully collected over 100 books for John Gill elementary school students.

Inspired by a desire to contribute and other community service efforts at M-A, juniors Paige Muschott and Caroline Kellie founded a club called Spread the Words in hopes of promoting literacy in our community.


This November, they ran a book drive for new and used books for elementary school students and collected over one hundred books. The books went to John Gill Elementary School in Redwood City, where Kellie’s mother works as a teacher. “We are looking forward to reading to the kids on a weekend with the books we have been able to donate,” Kellie explains.


Kellie and Muschott hope to raise literacy by donating and buying books for schools and libraries that do not have a good, diverse selection of literature. “Any type of book is great,” says Muschott. The club also aims to regularly organize trips to go to elementary schools and read to students, as well as having larger fundraisers to help purchase more books for schools in the Bay Area.


“We really wanted to get involved. We were inspired by getting into Leadership and being able to see how much you can do even as a student at M-A,” Kellie says. “I have already gotten to know some of the kids and it’s really cool to have been able to talk to them,” she adds.


Though they have not decided whether they will host a second book drive, they are definitely interested in reading to kids at other schools. The two juniors work hard to encourage M-A students to join them in giving back to the community.