Miss New Jersey Hopeful Collecting Books for Students in Texas

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One contestant vying for the Miss New Jersey crown next year is getting to work now to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

More than one month ago Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category Four hurricane, leaving many people without homes and schools without essential tools for teaching students. So, Madison Welsh, Miss Eastern Shore 2018, is hoping to help them get back on their feet by putting a good book in their hands.

“I feel that reading is so important for children to success in the classroom and in your everyday life,” said Welsh.

The education major from Neuman University called John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Houston and told them her idea of starting a book drive.

“They said that it couldn’t have been a better fit, that they were trying to build their libraries not just in their schools but at home as well because they’ve lost all of their books,” said Welsh.

From more than 1,000 miles away from the school, the Gloucester County native kicked off the drive.

“I think that the biggest thing we can do is make them realize that they’re not alone," said Welsh. "I think that some of time when disaster strikes people are so afraid because they think that they’re alone."

She’s asking people to help those affected by donating books of all types.

“The school is preschool through fifth grade," said Welsh. "But I’m also donating books to their parents and older siblings as well, that way it’s not just [for] the students but their family and friends as well."

People can drop off books at Liscio’s Bakery in Glassboro and Washington Township, and Mr. Tire in Glassboro and Woodbury by October 25th.

“Liscio’s Bakery and Mr. Tire are donating all of the funds to me to be able to send the books to them,” said Welsh.

Welsh plans on sending the books to Texas at the beginning of November.

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