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High-school student starts book drive to help peers have books at home

"We obviously have, like, tons of books in this school," said Emma Laughter.  But, "some of these kids have no access to books at their home, and I think that's really important for them to practice reading at home as well." (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

One rising high-school senior is spending the summer giving back to her community

"We obviously have, like, tons of books in this school," said Emma Laughter. But, "some of these kids have no access to books at their home, and I think that's really important for them to practice reading at home as well."

Laughter is returning to her roots in hopes of helping some younger children to spread their wings.

She's sharing her love for reading with students at Bruce Drysdale Elementary School. Last year the Hendersonville High School student did a research paper on the correlation between poverty and education.

It inspired her to start a book drive, so students would have reading material at their home.

The community rallied behind her and so far she has collected and given away more than a thousand books.

Her father is the principal at Bruce Drysdale, a year-round school.

These books will be given to more families at parent engagement nights.

Emma says she's proud of the community and is happy to help the students at Bruce Drysdale--which is where she attended elementary school

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