BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A class at Emerson College is looking to make sure students at a school in Brighton have a library full of books.
Cathryn Edelstein, a communications studies senior executive-in-residence at Emerson, and the students in her nonprofit fundraising class created a book equity organization called On The Same Page to help build a library at the Thomas Edison K-8 School in Brighton.
She told WBZ's Brooke McCarthy the idea to create this fundraiser started after learning about the lack of libraries in Boston public schools. Starting in 2019, she began partnering with her nonprofit fundraising class to help build up the libraries from scratch for a different school each semester.
"Honestly it started as a class project," Edelstein said. "It's turned into this ongoing program that is really beneficial."
To make this goal a reality, On The Same Page is partnering with local cafes and the Oak Square YMCA to run a book donation drive. The class placed donation boxes at all 12 Tatte Bakery locations across Boston and Cafe Mirror in Brighton.
Edelstein said this campaign is important because reading helps gives kids the chance to think about their place in the world and what they want to be in the future.
"I think we all know that reading is important for kids," Edelstein said. "If you don't have the books available it gets really hard to find that out."
The boxes will be accepting donations of gently used books up until Friday, April 1.
WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports.