By Celeste Cortez and Frida Vazquez (student reporters)
Over the past year, Sacred Heart Nativity Schools’ reading club, Leer es Poder (Reading is Power), has held monthly fundraisers to purchase supplies to build a Little Free Library in the neighborhood surrounding the school. On September 4, the library was put on display for all to use and share. With the help of Leer es Poder student volunteers and parent volunteer Jose Zermeno, the large box was painted and built on the corner of the street in front of the school building.
Leer es Poder seeks to encourage the love of reading among classmates and community members. The group voted to create this project after a discussion to find ways to get people in the community more involved in reading. The group also performs community service projects and will be working with la Biblioteca Latinoamericana in downtown San Jose later this fall.
In May the school held a book drive to stock the Little Free Library and collected over 1,000 books in good condition. Since displaying the library, many students and community members are taking and leaving books.
Damaris Triana, an eighth grade student at Sacred Heart Nativity and a member from Leer Es Poder said, “I think the library has helped so many people in the community and lots of people of all ages are putting in books. Overall I’m very happy about it. It was a great idea.” Emely Garate, seventh grader Sacred Heart Nativity student said, “I think it is a great way for people to have an opportunity to choose a book and extend their knowledge.”