By LINDSAY CAREY
Inspired by a church’s mission, two local teens took it upon themselves to make a difference in the lives of students who are less fortunate.
National Honors Society (NHS) seniors Alexa Taylor and Ryan Padden collected 400 hundred books for a Liberian school.
St. Margaret’s school is a K-12 Catholic school in Liberia that was raided during a civil war. As a result, the school lost a lot of educational supplies.
Taylor, who is a member of Mary Our Queen, watched her church begin to sponsor this school over the last two years. Mary Our Queen has collected shoes, sports equipment, and books for the Liberian school.
“I thought since we’re collecting books at my church, why not collect them at school, too?” said Taylor.
Although this book drive has been her biggest contribution to the Liberian school, this is not the first time Taylor has run a drive for them. During her sophomore year, Taylor helped the school by running a supply drive through the student council.
“There’s all this conflict going on in Liberia, so I thought if we could help in some way that would be good,” said Taylor.
Taylor teamed up with her good friend, Padden, to head the annual NHS book drive.
“Every year NHS has a book drive, so we thought it would be good to do it for this charity,” said Padden.
With 400 books crowding Taylor’s dining room, the duo said they are done collecting.
“Over the weekend we got together at Alexa’s house and stacked all the books into piles of 10,” said Padden. “There were 40 piles, which was cool because we weren’t expecting that many.”
Taylor said the shipping rate right now is too high, so they are waiting until they have enough funds to send the shipment to Liberia.