Karyn Kahn, Erlanger’s lead Medical Assisting instructor, spearheaded a book drive called Lil Books of Love three years ago, and it has been flourishing ever since. In March, Erlanger’s Medical Assistant students decided to to donate Lil Books of Love to Brighton Center as their Literacy Month project to share the gift of reading.
It was an extremely successful book drive. Students collected more than 200 children’s books to be donated to the center, which will be beneficial to the children and families who rely upon the assistance of Brighton Center.
In addition to collecting a large number of books, the students also went to Brighton Center to drop the books off and spent some time with the children. They chatted and read to the kids. The students’ happiness to volunteer their time in this way is very telling of the character of the Ross community.
Erlanger’s Campus Director, Angela McNutt, shared, “It is wonderful observing the students getting out of themselves and helping others. Social responsibility is a large portion of what we teach here at Ross. We certainly go beyond texts and syllabi.”
The Brighton Center assists families in need in four Northern Kentucky counties with food, shelter, daycare, and clothing. The donated Lil Books of Love will help the children at the shelter to have an outlet for their imagination and have a few moments of escape.
Karyn shared, “Lil Books of Love allows children to get away from the day to day struggles they deal with concerning life issues and delve into a world of happiness while learning the importance of literacy.”