By Holly Kline
Two fourth grade students at Fall Creek Elementary in Fishers have started collecting books to donate to kids who have to stay in the hospital or who just need to be cheered up. Drew Weber and Reece Kepner believe that the books can provide a fun activity, and Weber and Kepner will insert a sheet of word puzzles into the books so the kids will have more to do once the book is finished.
Weber and Kepner are both in Mrs. Douglass’s fourth-grade class at FCE. It was Weber who came up with the idea for the book drive and Kepner decided on adding the puzzle pages.
“I’ve been thinking about collecting books for a long time and I’ve been looking for a partner,” said Weber. “Reece and I work well together.” Classmates Kinsey Bauer and Luke Bosler are also helping.
Kepner and Weber explained their motivation. “I don’t want kids to have a lot of time in the hospital with nothing to do,” said Weber. “We want to do something for all kids, no matter what their sickness is.”
“We want to make a difference,” added Kepner.
The boys plan to collect 10,000 books this year and hope to donate to hospitals or other facilities.
Weber and Kepner will inspect the books and insert a puzzle into each one. They will also write encouraging words on an inside cover.
“When we put the notes in the books we can say ‘everyone cares about you’,” Kepner stated.
Mrs. Douglass is keeping the collected books in her classroom for now and the kids will eventually move them to one of their homes for inspection and delivery. So far the book drive has resulted in over 20 books and the kids hope to receive lots more through donation boxes at their school and from one at The National Bank of Indianapolis, 11701 Olio Road in Fishers.
Kepner and Weber are looking forward to distributing the books, and Kepner said he hopes kids who read the books feel happy when they get them. “I hope the kids know that people care about them,” said Weber.