Saint Leo’s Center for Online Learning Share Joy of Reading

April 04, 2016

Thanks to the generosity of Saint Leo employees in the Center for Online Learning (COL), elementary students at St. Peter Claver Catholic School in Tampa gained 278 books, which were added to their classroom libraries—227 of them new and 51 gently read. They received every book on their supplied wish list. COL-Book -Drive -1

“I have never seen a donation of books this large,” said Jennifer Smiley, St. Peter Claver reading coach. “Resources are always a challenge for us and the timing was perfect. By this time of the school year, the children have read most of the books in their classrooms. So to receive a fresh supply of books keeps them excited about reading,” she said.

The historic downtown Tampa school was established in 1896 to serve children of low-income, African-American families. St. Peter Claver Catholic School accepts all children regardless of academic ability or behavior, and, similar to Saint Leo University, strives to provide a solid moral foundation for its students.

The book collection drive was coordinated by Daniel Stutzman, COL enrollment counselor. He was assisted by COL Library Committee members Cindy Crist, associate director of Undergraduate Admissions, and Jessica Graves, student life specialist. They were joined by Carly Luke and Debby Rumsey, enrollment counselors, and Tricia Van Der Vaart, associate director of Financial Aid from the COL Community Service Committee, who promoted the drive and collected funds for the books. COL-Book -Drive -2