A monthlong book drive by the Turlock Teen Advisory Council culminated early this month in a donation of almost 700 books to the Turlock Salvation Army and the Haven Women's Center.
The teens independently gathered the books from individuals and groups throughout the community. The 15 boxes collected included children's books, chapter books, mystery novels, historical books, information- al books, and encyclo- pedias.
Taylor Beckwith, a teen on the council, said, "We collected a lot more than I expected. I'm really pleased with the turnout."
The council has done book drives in previous years as well, donating to Modesto's Child Protective Services, the Turlock Gospel Mission's Homeless Assistance Ministry and the Children's Crisis Center's Verda's House.
"I think books are beneficial to everyone, so this has been such a great way to help out the community," said Beckwith.
Mark Crivelli, the council's adviser, expressed his satisfaction with the results. "I'm proud of these kids and their work," he said. "Next year, we're hoping to grow our efforts even more."
The council, commonly referred to as TAC, aims to get youth more involved in the community through implementing a variety of service projects. It currently is taking applications for membership next year. To be considered, applicants must reside in Turlock or attend a Turlock school and be in seventh through 12th grade.
Applications can be found at the city of Turlock Recreation Division office,144 S. Broadway. The deadline to apply is in August. To learn more, call the Recreation Division at (209) 668-5594.
Henna Hundal is a junior at Turlock High School and a member of The Bee's Teens in the Newsroom program.