Each year the students in the
journalism program at PHS finish the course by writing press releases. The
class partners with the Princeton Herald to publish the stories. These are also
featured on the district website under Latest Headlines. This article is
written by Haley Romero.
Local Eagle Scout Griffin Hunt
built an outdoor Dr. Seuss-themed lending library for Harper Elementary School
as part of his advanced scouting project.
Hunt has spent the last month
working on the library. In addition to the actual construction of the library,
he hosted a book drive to supply the lending library with books.
“First, I held
a book drive to collect books for the library,” Hunt said. “It took a weekend
to build the actual frame and shelves of the library. We painted it white, and
then my mom spent several days painting the Dr. Suess quotes and images on the
library. After the painting was complete, we attached the door, shingled the
roof and added weather stripping to help make it resistant to weather. We
installed the posts to support the library in concrete, let it cure for a
couple of days and then mounted the library to the posts.”
for an idea for his Eagle project, Hunt knew he wanted to do something that
could benefit kids.
wanted to build the library for kids that might not have a lot of access to
books when school is out,” Hunt said. “My family belongs to Creekwood
United Methodist Church, and our church helps to serve Harper Elementary. I have
seen a few little lending libraries around like the one at Watters Creek in
Allen. I looked online at different images, thought about how I could build
one, and decided I would build one for my Eagle project.”
principal, Ms. Nichole Powell, says the new lending library is a hit with the
kids and their families.
are excited about the library,” Ms. Powell said. “We still need to send out a
flyer announcing the library, but we have already had families take books to
read. We also have students and parents talking about books they can trade out.”
One of the
goals at Harper is to have their students reading more. The new library, which
allows 24/7 access to books, helps the school achieve that goal.
be a great way to bring families together, and this lending library is one way
to encourage families to read together,” Ms. Powell said. “The more time
students spend reading, the greater their vocabulary grows. Reading also allows
students to gain experiences beyond those in the classroom.”
delighted he was able to build the library for the students and appreciates
Harper Elementary for allowing him to do so.
“I take having
regular access to books for granted,” Hunt said. “I'm glad to be able to
provide books for kids that might not have that same access. Reading is such an
important part of learning, and I hope this library will be another opportunity
for Harper students and their families to experience the fun of reading.”
lending library goes a long way in assisting Harper with its goal of increased reading for students, another organization is doing its part again this year. The Heritage Ranch Storytellers donated $1,000
to Harper’s library to purchase books. This same group donated $3,000 last
“I’m happy that so many
people in our nearby communities are taking an interest in Harper,” Ms. Powell
said. “This definitely makes an impact on our students and their opportunities
to read more.”