North Meck DECA, a local chapter of the national association of marketing students that compete at the local, state, and international levels, is hosting a community-wide book drive to raise awareness about literacy issues and concerns. DECA students are asking for donations of any and all books, no matter the condition or genre.
Books may be dropped off at Main Street Books, 126 S. Main St., until Jan. 31. They also may be dropped off at home of DECA member Sarah Houck, 539 Watson St., Davidson.
Most books collected will be donated to Worldwide Book Drive, which sends books to schools in Myanmar, Nigeria, Gambia, and other countries around the world. Another portion of books will be redistributed back to elementary schools in the area to support children that do not have access to books.
Illiteracy rates in Mecklenburg County have recently been reported as high as 11 percent, and rates in many third world countries are much higher. In this community and around the globe, children are not learning how to read and write properly. This North Meck DECA project seeks to combat these global issues by both giving back to the Huntersville community and the global community.
So far, in a school wide book drive, North Meck DECA has collected over 500 books and logged dozens of volunteer hours in the Blythe Elementary After School Program.