OPE fifth-graders collect more than 1,000 books to be donated to SJC schools


The fifth-grade Ambassador Team at Ocean Palms Elementary School (OPE) collected more than 1,000 books that will be donated to the libraries of a St. Johns County elementary and middle or high school.

The book collection was organized by the Ambassador Team and was the group’s first service project.

The donated books were collected during a drive at the Oct. 28 Literacy Day Parade and Fall Family Fun Festival. The event included dinner, games and the big reveal of OPE’s new mascot, Ozzy the Otter. For the Literacy Day Parade, students dressed up as their favorite book character.

OPE Ambassador Team members reported that the group had a successful project and a fun time doing it. The reasoning behind this particular service project, they said, was to donate the books to school libraries that could benefit from additional books, providing students with more options to learn to read.

In addition to collecting the books, students wrote positive messages on the inside covers of the books as a surprise for book recipients.

The Ambassador Team plans on leading many other service projects to benefit the St. Johns County community and area schools.