SOAR book drive contributors from First Step PTO, left to right: Kaitlyn Eben, Addyson Chomel, Konleigh Eben, First Step Director Tina Owens, Kayley Thomas, PTO Secretary and Teacher Amanda Thomas, Assistant Director Madelynn Martinez, Brandon Hooper, PTO President Teresa Weaver, Peyton Weaver, and San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Education Committee member Madeline De Long. (photo by Danny Barrera)
The Seeking Opportunities, Achieving Results (SOAR) summer book drive inspired the First Step Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to donate nearly 100 books.
First Step children contributed new and gently used books and watched as their collection grew. By the end of the month, their books filled a large box, and a few backpacks, as well.
“Our children enjoy reading and we wanted to share that experience,” said Teresa Weaver, First Step PTO president.
The donation was one of the highlights of the successful July SOAR book drive. San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz proclaimed July “Early Childhood Literacy Month” in support of the drive. Members of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Education Committee encouraged individuals and businesses to participate.
Book collection barrels emphasizing the theme “Early Readers Become Leaders” were distributed throughout the city and San Marcians packed the barrels with their donations.
This month, student volunteers are sorting through the barrels for distribution to families.
“We value education in San Marcos and want to help children in our community achieve ‘Success by Six,’ a goal of Hays County United Way and other local SOAR partners,” said Randolph Goodman, book drive committee chair.
SOAR is a collaboration of the San Marcos Educational Partners, which includes Texas State University, San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District, the San Marcos Education Foundation, the San Marcos Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Austin Community College and the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce. SOAR’s mission is to provide opportunities to increase educational equity and academic achievement by closing the gaps for all San Marcos children through community engagement.