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Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy receives thousands of donated books

Posted at 7:26 PM, Mar 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-01 19:26:34-05

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy opened its library in the hope it could help students improve their language skills. The problem? It had about one-tenth of the books educators believed it should, and there were so few that no one could check them out.

Elementary principal Tiffany Williams started a book drive to close the gap, and education advocacy organization Crayons to Computers responded with truckloads of donations -- literally.

"I didn't know that the impact would be as great as it is at this point," Crayons to Computers store manager Cameron Napier, who encouraged his company to get involved, said. "I just wanted to help."

The two trucks that pulled up outside the academy Thursday held 6,000 books, and students helped unpack them with beaming smiles.

"Their enthusiasm for getting books is really amazing," Crayons to Computers president Amy Cheney said. "We're in a day where kids gravitate to screens so easily and readily; having this kind of excitement about books is awesome."

To make the most of that excitement, however, the academy still needs help. Now that the books have arrived, Williams hopes volunteers will help staff catalogue and shelve them. To learn more about volunteering at Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy, click here.