While most teenagers are spending their summers doing whatever it is teenagers do these days, Julia Foos is spending her summer in her basement — for a really, really great cause.
Foos has collected and donated 25,000 books to children in need across Greater Cleveland over the last three years
Her family’s basement is where those thousands of books are collected, sorted and boxed.
A true bookworm, Foos was spurred into action at just 14 years old when she read an article about the lack of access many children in Cleveland have to books. The city has one of the lowest literacy rates in the country. Studies show that 61 percent of low-income children do not have any books in their homes.
“That really upset me because I’ve always loved to read,” Foos said. “I was like, ‘I really think I should do something. I have the ability to do something
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