West Campus student coordinates service project with Mark Twain, Salvation Army

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Children and families on the Alhambra Campus of The Salvation Army got a huge gift this week from West Campus High School student, Ben Metlenko and the children of Mark Twain Elementary.

For his Senior Project, Metlenko wanted to “recycle books” and get them into the hands of children and youth who would benefit.

“I figured kids had books they had already read and might not want any more, and there might be other kids who would like to have them.I thought I might get about 200,” Metlenko said.

Instead, he collected more than1,000 books.

The Salvation Army was excited to be the recipient of his project, and the youth who helped unload the boxes could hardly wait to start reading, said Salvation Army Programs Director Sonja Stires.

The books will be put into the libraries of the Early Care & Education Program, the after school program, and the Reading & Learning Center on the campus.

“What’s great about this donation,” said Stires, “is that not only will books be available for children in our programs, but we have so many that hundreds of books will be sent home with children to read with their parents and siblings!”

Way to go Ben!!!