Aledo Kiwanis Club Helps Keep High School Students Reading All Summer Long

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Some members of the MCHS Book Club with books they have read as a group. From left: Brian Wagner, Ben Fippinger, Lexus Adams, Clint McDaniel, Angelica Garcia, and Nathan Fippinger.

    While many students are struggling to get their brains back in "school mode" this week, several students at Mercer County High School are primed and ready to go, having spent time this summer reading and discussing books together.  The MCHS Book Club, which meets every two weeks during the school year, borrows books through inter-library loan to have enough copies for everyone to read.  This loaning program does not operate for schools when they are not in session, so this year, the Aledo Kiwanis Club stepped in to fill the gap.  The Aledo Kiwanis Club provided the MCHS Book Club with copies of books to keep them happily reading and discussing books all summer long.  MCHS Book Club members met several times over the summer, read five books as a group, and selected the next several books for the club to read this fall.

         This is only one of the many generous contributions the Aledo Kiwanis Club has made to support reading at Mercer County High School.  The club has purchased books for the school library and given away books to the students.  For the past three years, the Aledo Kiwanis Club has also sponsored the school library's "Read a Lincoln, Win a Lincoln" program, which uses weekly drawings to give away a $5 gift card for a local business to a student who has read a book on the list of nominees for the Abraham Lincoln Reader's Choice Book Award.  Last year, over 80 students at MCHS participated in this program.