BY GINA K. WARD
Rowland Heights – For the past 19 years, the 6th Grade students in Mrs. Buck’s class at Jellick Elementary School in Rowland Heights have kept a very special tradition going to support their local community. Each May, students sell colorful, plastic Rexlace strings (bracelets, key chains) after school to all the students on campus. At the end of the month, the 6th Graders walk to the Rowland Heights County Library in order to bring their profits as a donation for the purchase of new books. The students also take other trips during the year to learn research and study skills at the library.
Students are eager to see how their sales stack up against previous years, where donations have ranged anywhere from $150 to $448. Over the last 19 years, Jellick 6th Graders have donated in excess of $7,200.00. With those funds, the library has purchased more than 600 books.
After receiving the donation, the Children’s Librarian, Jeff Jarrett, asks the students for suggestions on how to spend the funds, such as their favourite series of books, authors or future releases. Once the books are purchased, the library places a bookplate sticker inside the front cover, acknowledging the books as donations from Jellick Elementary 6th Grade students.
Wed., May 28 will be the last day of after-school sales for this season. Then, on May 29, the students will make the twentieth annual walk down Colima Boulevard to make their donation. The presentation will begin at 10 a.m. in the Children’s section of the library.
The most rewarding thing for the Jellick staff is seeing the 6th Graders making a difference in their community, helping to enrich the library’s collection of books for all ages to enjoy. We hope you can join us for this exciting event.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Nancy Buck at Rowland Heights Elementary at (626) 964-1275 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Jeff Jarrett at the Rowland Heights County Library at (626) 912-5348.