Martin Walker Elementary School

A youngster shows off a book donated to Martin Walker Elementary School. Copperas Cove High School students collected books for the school.

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Copperas Cove High School sophomores donated about 250 books to Martin Walker Elementary School’s Books and Beyond program last week.

Class officers Rebecca Castaneda, Angie Wright and Kayla Nieto, along with sophomore class sponsor Melinda Lanham, presented four boxes of donated children’s books to a group of first-graders Jan. 31.

“I liked seeing their faces,” Castaneda said, “seeing them so interested in books.”

Books and Beyond is a reading incentive program that sends pre-K through first-grade students home with a different book to read every night.

Students fill out a record sheet and can get prizes when they hit different reading milestones, said Teresa Garrett, Martin Walker Elementary librarian.

“There’s some amazing good stuff in here,” Garrett said. “We rely on donations.”

The school library’s collection is not used for the Books and Beyond program to reduce the stress on children of keeping track of the books.

“If they lose one, it’s not a big deal,” Garrett said.

Last week marked the second time Cove High School sophomores chose to benefit Martin Walker’s Books and Beyond program as their class service project, Lanham said.

“They get really excited to work with the elementary students,” she said.

The 250 books were collected over about two months, mostly from other sophomores. Some classes offered extra credit for donations, Nieto said, while others resulted from being “harassed” by class officers, Wright said.

“We could have done more,” Wright said. “I donated a lot from when I was a kid. ... There were so many ‘Goosebumps.’”

Garrett said donations are always accepted for the program. If the school can’t use a book, it will “find a home” for it.

Contact Audrey Spencer at or (254) 501-7476

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Great job. When you start in school to help others it is easier to carry it into your adult life. Love this and reading is so important. Keep it up. Congrads to the students that participated and the people that gave the books to these great kids.

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