Springer Theatre Academy director Sally Baker started a community service element of the opera house’s summer drama program last year.
For 2017, the program decided to hold a book drive for a local school, so she told summer camp students to inscribe and bring in books to help Truth Spring Academy, a school for children living in poverty in the North Highland neighborhood, start a library.
The Springer had a goal of 70 books — enough to fill a few shelves and make a good difference.
Instead, students donated not twice that, or three times that, but sixteen times the goal — 1,152 books.
“Each donated book was inscribed by an Academy student for a Truth Spring student. A number of Academy kids stood up and talked about why they chose the book they did to give to someone else,” said the Springer in a news release.
“Who's the most important person in a scene? Your scene partner. (We are) humbled to help our community scene partners.”
Shante Owens, a Springer Academy parent and Truth Springs staff member, came to accept the books, the Springer said on Facebook.
Truth Spring Academy calls itself the “alternative to the alternative school.” The private Christian school opened its doors in August 2015, with a goal to divert students from “a path that led toward drugs, violence, poverty, and, even worse, prison,” and to “rebuild a foundation of Christ-centered living by offering a quality, Christian education.”
It is an offshoot of Truth Spring, Christian nonprofit organization based out of Columbus that works to improve the North Highland and Bibb City area.
Scott Berson: 706-571-8578, @ScottBersonLE