Cub Scouts Chase H. and Vance T. have collected in excess of 27,000 books and donated more than 24,500 books to more than 31 elementary schools, hospitals, libraries and other charities in three different states in the past six months. Chase and Vance are members of Cub Scout Pack 38, sponsored by Mary Bryant Elementary School PTA in Tampa. After learning that some children in their community didn’t own their own books, they wanted to do something about it. At the same time, they realized people and businesses dispose of a vast number of new and used books every day. The boys set out to solve both problems simultaneously: get gently used books into the hands of those in need while encouraging reuse and reducing landfill waste. And so, their campaign read.repeat. was born.
Chase and Vance set a goal to donate more than 20,000 books by February 2017 and achieved the goal on New Year’s Eve 2016. They now have set new goals and have big plans in 2017. They know they can #ShareABook, #SaveAForest and #ChangeALife all through their love of reading and generosity. More information is available at www.readrepeat.org. You can follow them on Twitter at @readrepeatorg and on Facebook at readrepeat.
Last week, Chase and Vance were awarded a grant of $1,000 from the Newtown Kindness, an organization that recognizes youth who are doing great things for children in their community, giving recipients the opportunity to “Pay it Forward.” Chase and Vance demonstrated this by generously donating the funds received to the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America to support environmental education and improvements at Camp Brorein in Odessa.