UPDATE: Kremer reaches her fundraising goal, collects $2,300 to buy books from Scholastic.
In just a few months, a simple idea became a vast community service project for 10th grade Shaker High School student, Caroline Kremer. Kremer was the September 2015 North Colonie Kids Care feature, after she thought of an idea called “The Book Shelf.” Kremer’s intent was to ask for donations of new or gently used books for less fortunate children in North Colonie. Kremer’s mission was for all children in the district to have a book shelf of their own, no matter what their financial situation is. Fast forward a few months later; Kremer has received 6,700 books.
“I am overwhelmed at the positive response I have received since starting The Book Shelf,” said Kremer. “Over the summer, my goal was to collect 1,000 books, and I have well exceeded my goal. I never expected to receive so many donations from the community.”
In addition, through conversations with Scholastic, Kremer was given a window of time to attend an online book fair. If she reached a specific threshold in fundraising, Scholastic agreed to give her 50 percent of the profit back in books, along with a $300 donation to buy even more. In all, Kremer was able to raise $2,300, sending books to more than 200 children in the North Colonie school district. Each child received at least 10 books, including at least two brand new ones from Scholastic. Kremer has thousands of books left over and plans to continue the Book Shelf in the years to come.