A team of third-graders from Eisenhower Elementary School recently delivered bags filled with books to McPherson Hospital’s obstetrics unit.

A team of third-graders from Eisenhower Elementary School recently delivered bags filled with books to McPherson Hospital’s obstetrics unit.


As their project for the state-wide Destination Imagination competition at Eisenhower recently, students from Carmen Zeisler’s class chose this as a community service project so that newborn babies in McPherson will have books to read when they get old enough.

The team took first place for their concept and implementation.

Destination Imagination is an international educational program where student teams choose a particular area of focus and present solutions at local tournaments. They can then advance to state and country tournaments.

The Eisenhower third-grade team chose service learning and started their project in January, getting their idea from a graph at their school that illustrated the importance of reading at an early age. They wanted to collect slightly used books to place in bags to give to babies born at the hospital to encourage reading when the babies get older.

They asked friends and family during the last three months to donate their used books, and they easily surpassed their goal of 100 books and collected 387 before the April 13 competition. And their goal of filling 50 bags quickly became 95 in order to accommodate all the books collected.

Each bag contains some books, a story describing the project and a photo of the team. A bag will be given to each new baby at the hospital during the coming months. The group said they are continuing to collect books to give to the hospital so that more kids will have books to read. They already have more bags to deliver.