Kiwanis club claims books for kids
The Daily Star. Staff. August 21, 2020.

A group of Hammond Kiwanis Club members recently made a trip to LaPlace to pickup free books that the club will use with their Happy Packs Program.

Through the Happy Packs program, the Kiwanis club over the past several years has provided snacks for Woodland Park Magnet School students to take home to eat over the weekend and has added a book to each backpack for the student to read.

International Orthodox Christian Charities recently donated a huge collection of books, primarily text books designed for use in grades pre-K through 12, to area Rotary clubs to give to non-profit organizations from throughout the state.

Kathleen Abels, president of the Hammond Rotary Club, learned from Rotary district leaders about the 45 pallets of free books and, knowing about the Happy Pack program, got word to Kiwanis Club member Judy Couvillion.

The donation was most timely.

“When we started distributing the backpacks for the 2019-2020 school year we had four large tubs of books,” Couvillion related. “When the school closed in mid-March we had one tub of books remaining...Had the school not closed in March we probably would have run out of books.”

The club encourages students to return the books so they can be reused, but that doesn’t always happen. Couvillion said many teachers have said the Happy Packs books are the only books in some children’s homes.

Kiwanis club members are pleased that some students enjoy the books so much that they wish to keep them, she said.

The club is grateful for this donation as well as for books the Tangipahoa Parish Library System has donated in past years.

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