4th grader holds book drive for Baton Rouge school devastated by floods

Posted at 8:03 PM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 16:00:35-04

A South Florida 9-year-old loves books, and there is no mistaking her passion for reading.

“It’s really cool because sometimes you can visualize it,” said Gia Conde.
That’s why when she read an article about a flood-damaged Louisiana elementary school in desperate need of books she knew she had to help.
“I felt really bad for them,” said Gia.
Flood waters washed away the library collection at Glen Oaks Park Elementary School last month.

The school’s librarian put out a cry for help saying the school was in need of book donations. 


After seeing that, it didn’t take much for Gia to read between the lines.
“Since I love to read I wanted to help them and bring them books,” she said. 
That brings us to the next chapter in this story.

Gia went to one her teachers at her Delray Beach elementary school with a plan. She was going organize a book drive for the Baton Rouge school.

Her novel idea took off. All of her classmates at Unity School came together.  Book by book.

In less than a week, they collected more than 500 books.
“It made me feel good that people wanted to help them like I did,” said Gia.
Her goal is to pick up another 500 books before the end of the drive on Friday.

Gia’s family plans to ship the books to the school.

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