JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A group of Region 8 students are helping to put "Books in Little Hands."
That is what the Accelerated and Creative education class at Jonesboro Public School's International Studies Magnet School is calling their project.
After doing research, the students learned the earlier children are exposed to books the better their vocabulary is and learning abilities.
They decided to collect books to donate to local hospitals and health departments.
Their plan is to have enough books so each baby born in the hospital can take a book home.
They are also placing books in the emergency rooms.
The class marks each book with their personalized sticker.
Rhett Hosman, 6th grader, said it's been fun giving other kids books because he has fond memories of his parents and grandparents reading to him.
"We walked to St. Bernards and we delivered those," Hosman said. "It was neat to see because there was a kid in the ER, and we handed him a book, and it was cool to see him start reading and developing that book."
Elena Allen, 6th grader, said this project is important to her because reading is so vital to success in education, and she said she has learned a lot about helping others.
The class is accepting donations to help the cause.
They are taking book donations appropriate for children newborn to age four.
They will also accept Barns and Noble gift cards or checks payable to Fund ACE Book Project.