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The Gift of Books in Northwest Hillsborough

Tampa Bay Times

Marlene Sokol

September 29, 2016


We heard this week from a grassroots organization called readrepeat.org about a generous gift from children to children.

Fifth grade students Chase Hartman and Vance Tomasi from Bryant Elementary School in Westchase held a book drive over the summer that generated 800 books for Woodbridge Elementary School in Town 'N Country.

"Our teachers will be so appreciative to expand their classroom libraries," said media specialist Nicole Rideout, according to the announcement.

The boys recruited classmates, members of their Cub Scout troop and their younger brothers to sort thousands of books into age-appropriate categories. Their parents helped them build the website and make deliveries.

Their goal is to distribute 20,000 books by the end of February to schools, hospitals, libraries, nursing homes and other organizations that can use them.

Many of the books came from a business called 2 Swell Guys. More donations are welcome. Check out this website or look for them on Facebook.


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