Free books for summer reading
Democrat Photo/Melonie Roberts
Several Cassville Intermediate School students received two free books for summer reading from a newly established program, Books and Bandaids. The program came from a group of mothers who reached out to the community in an effort to bring in enough donations to provide books to students in second through fifth grades. The response was so overwhelming, the project expanded to include all first grade students this year, as well. "This year, every book has a memorial sticker honoring Kristine Samuel, who passed away in November of 2012," said Kara Fletcher, who spearheaded the Books and Bandaids campaign. "We would like to see her legacy live on through this project." The Books and Bandaids campaign is geared toward finding and meeting needs of students in the school district. "Whatever the needs are," Fletcher said. "It could be books, bandaids or school supplies. There are people out there who want to invest in our kids' futures. The best thing we can do is encourage and enrich their lives." Fletcher said this program allows kids to explore other reading genres. Students are encouraged to recycle their books at the start of the new school year so that other children may enjoy them as well.