Have a book to spare for an Annapolis child in need?
The Travis Manion Foundation is seeking volunteers from the Annapolis community to donate books, read to students or plant flowers at Walter S. Mills-Parole Elementary School April 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of the Foundation’s Operation Legacy community service initiative.
“We are asking members of the Annapolis community to stop by the school and donate a book so that every student can bring one home,” says Natanya Levioff, a representative from the Travis Manion Foundation and Annapolis resident. “Our goal is 620 books across grades K-5.”
At the event, participants will have the opportunity to be paired with students for on-the-spot reading and mentoring sessions. Volunteers will also help the school welcome spring by planting flowers at the main entrance.
“We are so delighted that the Travis Manion Foundation has chosen our school for its Operation Legacy Community Service Project,” says Ginger Henley, principal at Walter S. Mills-Parole Elementary. Almost 80 percent of the school’s students are from under-resourced families and most do not have their own books at home, she explains.
The Operation Legacy project is held on April 29 to mark the 10th anniversary of Manion’s death. The Naval Academy graduate was killed in action in Iraq while saving his wounded teammates, Levioff explains. “Ten years later, there is no better way to honor his memory than by doing for others who are in need in our community.”
Levioff noted that the Annapolis book drive is one of over 25 Operation Legacy projects sponsored by the Travis Manion Foundation during its national week of service April 22- 30. Operation Legacy aims to cultivate character development in future generations by uniting communities for a common cause through volunteer led service opportunities.
For more information on the Travis Manion Foundation or to register to volunteer at the April 29 book drive, visit the Travis Manion Foundation website, TravisManion.org/OpLegacy/Annapolis