The Zionsville Alpha Leo Club recently donated 64 books to the library at the United Methodist Children’s Home in Lebanon. They purchased the books through a Youth as Resources grant from the United Way of Central Indiana, which provides funding for young people to develop projects that will make a difference in the community.
The club’s project, Good Reads for Teens, addresses one of the United Way of Central Indiana’s priorities: literacy. Club members selected books that would appeal to teen readers.
“As students who enjoy reading, we wanted to choose books that would encourage other teens to keep reading,” said Lauren Stone, Alpha Leo Club secretary.
Youth at the Children’s Home also have a store where items can be “purchased” with points earned in school. The Leo club wanted to also donate fun items the teens would like to buy. ZALC raised an additional $400 at a bake sale to contribute to their project. Leo members spent an evening shopping together for gift cards, makeup, games and sportswear.
Last month, the Leos traveled to Lebanon to set up a small book fair to display their books and present the school with their donations. Students from the Children’s Home were able to visit the fair and talk to members of the club. Leo members were excited to share some of their favorite books with other teens.
The Zionsville Alpha Leo Club is open to local youth age 12 to 18 years old. The club provides many opportunities to give back to the community while also developing leadership skills. For more, visit zalc.org.