Pierson Students Support Book Fairies

The Pierson Middle School student council prepared books for The Book Fairies. Credit: Courtesy of the Sag Harbor Union Free School District.

To kick off the season of giving last month, Pierson Middle School students packed up 40 boxes of surplus books to donate to The Book Fairies, a nonprofit organization that collects reading materials for people in need throughout the New York metropolitan area. The effort was organized by school library media specialist Kira McLaughlin.

“Thank you so much for your generous donation of 40 boxes of books,” The Book Fairies Executive Director Rebecca Kennedy Lakhani wrote a note to the school. “The books will go directly to high need schools and community outreach programs across metropolitan New York, directly impacting literacy rates in local neighborhoods.”

In just five years, The Book Fairies has donated over 1,400,000 books to more than 550 organizations in disadvantaged communities. “With 1 in 4 children growing up without learning how to read, it is so important to share our resources to help them learn and grow,” Ms. McLaughlin said.

The students and Ms. McLaughlin coordinated with instructors and teachers to ensure the children and communities in need received a donation of diverse materials focusing on major subjects of curricular studies.

“The Sag Harbor students are fortunate to have access to myriad resources, and they are so enthusiastic about sharing their learning tools and experiences with schoolmates in neighboring communities,” Ms. McLaughlin said.