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The Success By 6 Book Drive School Challenge

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Looking for a Community Service Project for your Elementary School Students?

How about competing in the Success By 6 Book Drive School Challenge!

Every fall, during the Success By 6 Book Drive, KHQ has a contest between elementary schools to see who can collect the most new or gently used children's books. In 2010, our four elementary schools- Indian Trail and Hutton Elementary from Spokane Public Schools, and Sunrise and Greenacres Elementary from the Central Valley School District brought in a record setting 24,000 children's books to be given to the Success By 6 Book Bank. The book bank provides books to groups who work with children, with a special emphasis on kids who don't have books at home.

Would your school like to participate in the next Success By 6 Book Drive School Challenge? Contact Louise Hansen, KHQ Community Affairs Manager at 448-4606 or e-mail at

Read on about what the participants in the 2010 Success By 6 School Challenge had to say about the event.

"We are always looking for a community service activity for the student council to sponsor and it fit the bill - especially since it was local. Our student council ran it. Each intermediate level room has a representative who also takes a primary room to represent as well. Each day, the reps would collect in their respective rooms, deliver to my room (as faculty advisor), count and fill out a tally sheet for each room they represent. It is always good to bring students to the realization that there are those who have much less in the world and lead them to see it is right and good to share our good fortune."

David Rolando
Teacher - Grade 6
Hutton Elementary

"It was a good community service project for our students and it was fun to compete against other schools. We had a parent volunteer count the books each day and get totals to the principal.  Students brought books down to a central location each morning to be counted. I heard several kids say they liked collecting books for other kids that might not have access to books otherwise. Our kids do amazing things without a lot of hoopla, but the ice cream party helped probably more than the competition with other schools. Your students will probably surprise you with how many books they can collect in only two weeks."

Paul Gannon, Principal, Indian Trail Elementary

"It allowed our kids to put hands and feet to some of the things that we try to teach such as helping others who are in need. Competing against another school was a great motivator; however, the classes themselves were enough motivation. Student ASB reps brought the books to a central location.  They counted and packed the books into boxes.  The count was recorded on clipboard then transferred to an excel document.  We posted this document so teachers could use the data for math lessons.  If you are going to participate in the book drive, gather good boxes early!  

Scott Krentel, Principal's Assistant, Greenacres Elementary

"We thought we were up to the challenge and knew that by participating, we could make a difference in the lives of children less fortunate. Students and teachers counted books daily and put that number on their board.  As I came around every day, I simply wrote down what each classroom brought in and had students help me with collection. Our custodians helped immensely. Students felt a sense of accomplishment and were proud of themselves for helping others. The book drive is a lot of work but worth every bit of effort."

Monika Hawkinson, Principal's Assistant, Sunrise Elementary