Students of Pope John Paul II High School (PJPII) in
Royersford collected 3,600 books for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
(CHOP)’s Reach Out and Read Program in October, and the hospital’s book mobile
stopped by to pick them up Monday.
The program was brought to the school by Phoenixville twins Quinn and Shane Norris, when their mother, Jeannine Norris, posted about the program on Facebook and it was spotted by one of the faculty moderators for the school’s Community Service Corps.
The school started to promote the effort, and books began to flood into the English classes, far surpassing the initial goal of 500 books.
When Kirsten Rogers, coordinator of CHOP’s Reach Out and Read Program, caught wind of the extraordinary number of books collected at PJP she enthusiastically offered to drive the official CHOP Book Mobile to the school and personally pick up the books.