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Interact Club Launches Book Drive

CHS' Rotary Interact Club, a community-service oriented organization, has planned their first community service project of the year. The students have decided to organize a book drive, and their target recipients are the 2nd grade at Barry Elementary. Students plan to give each 2nd grader a brief interest survey and then match each student with a book that fits with their interests.

During December, the high school students will visit the 2nd grade classrooms to read a story and pass out the books. The goal is to collect and/or purchase 200 books!  

Students are asking for donations of nearly-new or new children's books.  The Club is asking for books in the best condition possible because they want the recipients to be given something that is just for them.

You can help in a variety of ways:

  • Clean out your new or nearly-new children's books at home and drop them off in the labeled box in your building's Main Office [Building secretaries: I'll drop boxes off to you by Thursday!]
  • Add a book to your shopping cart the next time you're out shopping.
  • Check out our Amazon Wish List. You can purchase a book through the wish list to have it shipped directly to me at the Senior High School. (Bonus! If you have Amazon Prime, shipping is free!) Check back often to see what new books are added.  
  • Send a cash or check donation in any amount to Megan Bottle at Cortland High School through Inter-Office Mail. The students and I will select books and place a bulk order through Amazon.  Checks can be made out to CHS Interact Club.
  • Purchase a new book through any other website and have it shipped directly to me at the high school (Cortland High School Attn: Megan Bottle 8 Valley View Drive Cortland NY 13045).
  • The students and I will also be canvassing local business to gather donations.

Advisor Megan Bottle said, “We wanted to do this particular fundraiser to make sure we were giving back to our community. In the spring we will do a fundraiser that has a more global focus, and of course we will do the Saint Baldricks fundraiser in March.”

Interact Club student member, Jackie Lyman said, “I wanted to be part of this to help people and to help younger kids. I joined Interact Club because I wanted to make a difference and Mrs. Bottle is the advisor and I really liked her class and she told me about the club.” 

All book and monetary donations are due by Monday, December 2nd. Thank you for helping our Interact Club team bring this project to life and provide students with their very own specially-selected books.



Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

1 Valley View Drive
Cortland, NY 13045

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