The Moore family, in a grassroots effort led by Providence Day School student Agnes Moore ‘29 along with her three brothers Owen ‘26, Cormac ‘28, and Eamon ‘32, collected over 1,400 books and book sets for Freedom School Partners.
Parent Elissa Moore was tidying the house with her kids when they mentioned that there were a number of books that they no longer read. “Freedom School came to mind because that is first on our radar here,” says Moore. “We started by just reaching out to our PD neighbors and said I was happy to swing by if they left books on the porch.”
Future marketer Agnes, a rising 4th grader, wanted to make the book collection even bigger, so Elissa shared the book drive with the parent community on Facebook. “The donations just started pouring in. We had a collection bin on the front porch where people could drop off books so we maintained social distancing. Agnes wanted a table where we could greet everyone at the top of the driveway but that didn’t happen. She was really the promoter of all this.”
Moore believes this book drive was achievable because the individual effort is small although the impact is huge. “We all have a lot of books, and whether you donate one or a hundred doesn’t matter. The books are now at Freedom School; luckily I have a big vehicle so they all fit. We had board books all the way up to adult books, which is great because they give parents books, too.”
“It speaks to the generosity of our community and commitment to Freedom School,” says Katie Carmichael, 2nd-grade teacher and Freedom School Director for Providence Day. “I get the joy of seeing what it does for Freedom School. Thanks to Agnes, so much. It fills my heart with joy how our community rallies around Freedom School. Whatever the need is, people show up.”
Read more about Freedom School Partners here.