The testimony below was submitted by a dedicated 13 year old BookSpring volunteer.
It will warm your heart!
“Hi! I am Lucia, a student at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas. I first became involved with BookSpring in 5th grade, because my mother was the BookSpring (RIF at the time) coordinator at my elementary school. I have been volunteering since then usually by reading and evaluating books to be used by BookSpring. My favorite thing to do when I volunteer is hand out the books to the kids, most of whom have never owned a book before. I am motivated to volunteer at BookSpring because of the knowledge that I am making a positive difference in a child’s life.
I believe that early literacy is important because it helps a child be successful and confident in school, and later on in life. My first memory of reading is curling up by my dad while he read me books before bedtime, such as Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. This is one of my favorite children’s books, because it is a really sweet story. Also, I love the rhyming text and beautiful illustrations of Paris.
I wish that other people knew how good volunteering at BookSpring makes you feel. Also, everyone who works at BookSpring really cares about what they do and are very supportive and appreciative of their volunteers. I support BookSpring opposed to other groups that work on literacy because I believe that the people at BookSpring are truly dedicated to making a positive impact in children’s lives who may not be fortunate enough to even own one book.
Also, BookSpring has an early intervention approach to literacy. I love reading because my parents began reading to me at a very early age, so I think that having children be exposed to literature early on in life is important. Something that someone might be surprised to learn about me is that there is not a single television in my house. This likely also fuelled my love of reading. When I am not volunteering, I enjoy reading, playing tennis, baking, and playing the flute. If you are considering volunteering at BookSpring, I strongly advise that you do so, because it is a fantastic way to make a difference in our world. Even a small action such as giving a child a book can make a huge impact on their life.
My favorite memory of volunteering was last year at the Día de los Niños event. When I gave a little boy about 8 years old his book, he could not believe that he actually got to keep it. When he finally realized that it really was his very own book, his face lit up, and he left clutching his book to his chest and smiling from ear to ear. It was very sweet. I make time to volunteer at BookSpring because it is a very good cause and an excellent way to help the spread of early literacy. Reading has always been a very important and special part of my life, so I like being able to give another child a chance to experience the joy of books, too. “