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5th Grade TAG students aim to get more books in students homes

Area Residents Can Aid The Effort By Donating Books

February 24, 2011
By John Speer, Editor •
TAMA NEWS-HERALD - “Let’s get more books into the homes of those less fortunate,” said Keely Upah, South Tama Elementary Talented and Gifted program teacher.

Upah credits the suggestion “of several community members who wanted to donate books no longer being read to a good cause” for what is about to happen.

A group of nine of her 5th grade TAG students have undertaken the task with a “book swap” program. The community service project officially gets underway on Tuesday, March 1.

The students have been busy preparing boxes for the drop-offs located at Total Touch Connections, Tama Civic Center, Hardware Hank, Pamida, Fareway, Home Federal Savings Bank and the elementary, middle school and high school buildings. Anyone with books for grade levels pre-school - 5th grade are invited to donate them for the program.

The collected books will be sorted by the 5th grade students and divided into the levels appropriate for pre-kindergarten-1st grade, 2nd-3rd grades and 4th-5th grades. 5th grade TAG students taking part are Jacob Wilkerson, Nicholas Jordan, Bri Nelson, Tyler DeBondt, Rian Simpson, Steph Slaven, Josh Thiessen, Daniel Ochoa and Colton Vest.

On each Monday, Wednesday and Friday until the end of the school year, the TAG students will make the books available to fellow elementary students. Distribution will be from 8-8:20 a.m. and during the lunch hours.

The books are to be taken home and may be kept or returned.

Upah said she already has had response from staff members and had a collection already on hand last week.

Books which are received which are found to be for older children or adults will likely be donated to the South Tama Clothes Closet, Upah said.

Keely Upah may be contacted at the STC Elementary 641-484-3999 or email:

Article Photos

South Tama 5th grade students (l-r) Rian Simpson, Josh Thiessen and Steph Slaven ready a collection box for their TAG program book collection. By contributing books for young readers area residents can support the project aimed at putting more books in homes.
News-Herald/John Speer



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