Seventeen-year-old Amy DeNeal, a student at Harrisburg High School, is working this summer with a non-profit organization titled "First Book." The non-profit works with publishing houses and secures copies of brand-new books to be given out to qualified school children.
Wednesday Amy was at the West Side School's July 3 Barbecue Lunch. Her goal was to give away 97 books to avid young readers.
"The kids are more likely to forget their learning over the summer. I read to them and give them free books to read at home. It helps with retention," she said.
The Barbecue Lunch was a good place to move children's books since it was well attended by both children and parents. Some of the younger ones needed help just getting the shiny new books to their cars.
The books are free to Amy, but someone must pay shipping. Mike Tison and DeNeal Building Supplies chipped in for the shipping. After the giveaway, DeNeal read to the children from one of the books.