Merrick Avenue Collects Thousands of Books for The Book Fairies

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The students of Merrick Avenue Middle School recently collected more than 2,000 children's books for The Book Fairies, a nonprofit organization based in Freeport.  

The Book Fairies collects new and gently used books and then redistributes them to schools in need – all of which are located on Long Island and the five boroughs.

Teachers Lisa Shapiro, Audrey Drakos and Renee Molinaro organized the drive.

“Our students’ enthusiasm helped to make this drive a success,” Shapiro said.

Drakos agreed. “It was incredible; some students brought in suitcases full of books,” she added.
Students helped collect and organize the donations into six categories: board books, picture books, elementary chapter book, elementary nonfiction, young adult middle school and young adult high school. 

“Students enjoyed competing with other classes to see which class could donate the most books,” said Molinaro, a seventh-grade English teacher.