Miller students, staff donate books to MICA


Miller Middle School students and staff donated more than 200 books to Mid-Iowa Community Action to be used for summer reading programs for area youth. Pictured are, front row, from left, Jordan Joesting and Freddy Ross. Back row, Craig Van Pay of MICA, Miller teacher Jen Beals, Carson Johnson and Xavier Brawner.

Four Miller Middle School students and teacher Jen Beals delivered more than 200 books to Mid-Iowa Community Action on May 4. The donation will go toward summer reading efforts for youth orchestrated by MICA.

The book donation effort was led by Beals as part of a pay it forward grant from Project Jack. The $250 grant paid for 87 books and the others were donated by Miller students and staff as part of a book drive.

Linsdsey Upah, Spread the Words – Read by Third coordinator, said MICA gives out thousands of books a year to area youth and they are always in need of donations.

Pay it forward Project Jack grants are done in remembrance of Jack Lindaman and funded by the Iowa Association of Realtors. Jack was a 6-year-old Iowa boy who passed away in February 2010 from spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).