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Teens spend summer collecting books for elementary schools

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Some New Hanover County teens are hoping to help out their fellow students this summer by collecting books. (Source: WECT) Some New Hanover County teens are hoping to help out their fellow students this summer by collecting books. (Source: WECT)
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Some New Hanover County teens are hoping to help out their fellow students this summer by collecting books.

Ashley High School Senior Kaylie Kirkwood got some of her friends together to go door-to-door to get people to donate books.

"The summer before your senior year was really the last chance to make a difference in your community before you go off to college and start your new life," Kirkwood explained. "So I really looked into myself to find out what I was really passionate about, and I found that that was books and reading."

The teens have collected almost 2,000 books since June.

"This starts the foundation for students to do well in school so the next generation can do better," Kirkwood said. "I think they have to start with a concrete foundation in finding that one book that makes you love reading can really make a difference."

The books will go to elementary school students in New Hanover County.

People can bring books to the main office of Ashley High School. For more information about the book drive visit: http://chaptersforchildren.net/index.html.

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