Books among the best gifts to give

Through April 19, a group of future teachers from Minot State University is collecting books for a noble cause – to give area schoolchildren the gift of reading.

This isn’t the first time members of Students of North Dakota United at Minot State University have undertaken the effort. Last year the group collected about 4,000 books that were either donated to area schools or handed out by Students of North Dakota United during the MSU Homecoming Parade last fall.

Books of any type are needed, including children’s books and those for teenagers or adults.

“Our purpose of doing the book drive in the spring is twofold: To help encourage children to read over the summer with good-fit books their teacher selects (and) to hand leftover books out in MSU’s Homecoming parade. Even with over 4,000 books, we ran out of them with several blocks remaining on the float route. We did have candy as a backup,” group adviser Chelsie Terez Hultz, an instructor in the department of teacher education and kinesiology, asserted via email for a Minot Daily News article Sunday.

Giving the gift of books and encouraging reading among youth is an important cause, often the cornerstone of a good education and even a better understanding of the world. Youngsters who are natural readers or are encouraged to read are likely to remain readers throughout their lives.

Hultz said the book collection effort is a little behind, so they are hoping that more books will be donated.

Drop-off locations are Minot Family YMCA, Gate City Bank, Cashwise Grocery, Main Street Books and Nutrition Addiction in Minot.

With prior arrangement, the students will also collect donated books from a resident’s home. Contact Hultz at 858-4239 or email her at Chelsie.Hultz to make those arrangements.

Credit is due Students of North Dakota United at Minot State University and their faculty support for a terrific effort, one with potential impact to benefit numerous children in the area.

After all, few gifts are as important as the gift of reading.