Retired teachers donate books to Morrill Elementary

Retired teachers donate books to Morrill Elementary
Posted on 10/27/2017

A group of retired educators surprised students at Morrill Elementary with free books on Oct. 25.

As members of the San Antonio Association of Retired Teachers, they visited the school’s library to display a wide selection of children’s books for every student and teacher to choose from and take home as a gift.

The students made their way to each table and could not contain the excitement as they made their selection. Some asked for advice while others immediately knew which one they wanted.

For Carrie Mayfield, a retired teacher and the association’s chairperson, their visit to the school is part of an ongoing effort to promote literacy in San Antonio.

“I feel like so many kids don’t want to read anymore because they love the video games and things like that,” Mayfield said. “But, if they have books, they will read them. So, that’s why we’re here to bring the books to the kids.”

As part of their organization, the retired teachers work tirelessly to collect the books – either brand-new or gently used – and get them ready to donate to the children. 

“This is the fun part, giving the books to the kids,” Mayfield added. “It’s always fun to see the kids again, especially when you see them get excited about books.”

Morrill Elementary teachers and students thanked the retired educators with smiles and hugs after they received their new book.

“This campus is just amazing, and the kids are just wonderful. I’m really impressed with their behavior coming in and out, and they seem so gracious and happy about it,” Mayfield concluded. 

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