Maranatha School Book Drive Continues

October is National Book Month! Help educate a child even beyond Maranatha by donating books to Maranatha’s Book Drive.

This year, Jorge Castello, one of Maranatha School’s seniors is putting feet on his faith and inspiring the community to get behind a worthy project. Jorge has organized a book drive to help the Hollenbeck Youth Center start a library and promote education and learning in a poor community.

The Hollenbeck Youth Center is an organization located in Boyle Heights, one of the poorest neighborhoods in East Los Angeles. The Hollenbeck Youth Center’s primary focus is to deter teens from gangs and violence, and instead foster a safe, positive environment that encourages education and opportunity.

“In a neighborhood where education, hope, and opportunity are lacking, we can have a major impact on the lives of these children by providing them with books that they can use to read and enjoy. We have a great opportunity to help a community that is in need and to further education; the choice is ours to help them,” said Jorge.

Donated books can be new or used and may be dropped off in the Book Bin at the Student Center front desk. The Book Drive will end on October 17, during our second mentor group meeting.

If you or the students have any further questions, please contact Jorge Castello. You can email him at, call/text him at (323) 775-7523, or simply talk to him at school or when you see him on the football field. If you have books in bulk, Jorge is happy to pick books up from your home or office.

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