A group of Pine Grove Middle School students made it their mission to share their love of reading with kindergarteners at Chatsworth School in Reisterstown.
The students, seventh-graders who take art with teacher Jackie Morgan, designed and hand-painted backpacks inspired by their favorite children's books, according to a news release from the school. Each of the bags, delivered recently, also contained the book that inspired the design and bore a unique gift tag.
"The students at Pine Grove Middle wanted to share their childhood books with the kindergarten students in order to get them excited about reading and foster a life-long appreciation of books," the release states.
The Chatsworth School, located in Reisterstown, serves students with special needs from around Baltimore County through its magnet program.
"Making the bags took a long time and was hard work, but seeing the kids with the bags was a good reward. It was definitely worth the work," said seventh-grader Casey B., in the release.
The kindergarteners who received the gifts will create thank you cards and send them to the students who made the bookbags, the release states.