HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT LEADS BOOK DRIVE THAT NETS MORE THAN 1,300 BOOKS FOR THE MRRL/ABLE USED BOOK SALE

Fri, 07/27/2012
Contact Name: 
Christen Jackson
Contact Email: 
jacksonc@mrrl.org
Contact Phone: 
573-634-6064 ext. 247

JEFFERSON CITY – Jordan Bray recently spearheaded a project that led to the donation of more than 1,300 books to the annual Missouri River Regional Library/ABLE Used Book Sale.
In the spring, Jordan, 17, who will be a senior at Morgan County R-II High School in the fall, needed to complete a project in an effort to earn a scholarship from Do Something.org. A book drive was a natural choice for her since her father, Brian Bray, is a librarian’s assistant at MRRL.
Jordan approached the principal at the Morgan County R-II Middle School about her idea, and he gave his okay. Jordan said she chose middle school because the students are in transition.
“I figured middle school kids are moving from younger books to older and that they would be willing to give up their younger books,” she said.
As an incentive, Jordan promised an ice cream party to the class that donated the most books.
When the project was completed, the middle school students had donated 1,381 books to the MRRL/ABLE Used Book Sale.
Jordan hopes to attend either Missouri Western State University or University of Central Missouri.