For the past 19 years, the sixth 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.
Every May, her students sell colorful, plastic Rexlace strings (bracelets, key chains) after school to all the students on campus. At the end of each May, the sixth 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 take other trips during the year to learn research and study skills in the library.)
Students are eager to see how their sales stack up against previous years, where donations have ranged anywhere from $150 – $448.
Over the last 19 years, Jellick sixth graders have donated more than $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 favorite 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 students.
The most rewarding thing for the Jellick staff is seeing the 6th graders making a difference in their community and that they are helping to enrich the library’s collection of books for all ages to enjoy.