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State Honoree

Christine Koski

Nevada

Christine Koski, 13, of Reno, Nev., a seventh-grader at Billinghurst Middle School, collected more than 1,000 new and gently used books for disadvantaged children and families in her community. When Christine's mother suggested a book drive as a Girl Scout project, Christine and a friend decided to tackle the project. "I liked this idea because both my friend and I enjoy reading and we thought that other kids our age would have books that they have outgrown and would be willing to donate," Christine said.

Christine and her friend distributed promotional flyers, and then decorated donation boxes and set them up around libraries, churches and schools. They sorted the books they received into age-appropriate categories, erased pencil marks and repaired damaged pages, and delivered the donations to Washoe County's Read to Succeed program. Christine plans to continue collecting books for needy children and their families. "A book drive is a lot of work," she said, "but you'll feel good about it because it benefits so many people."