Nicole Brookman, a sixth-grade student at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, organized a BookEnds book drive as her part of her school’s community service project.

She collected 662 books and donated most of the books to the Children’s Lifesaving Foundation in Santa Monica Tuesday, May 9th.

Her donation established a library at the foundation’s newly opened Learning Center, located at 2916 Main St., Santa Monica, which houses an after-school tutoring program for formerly homeless and at-risk children.

There will be an open house celebration at the Learning Center Saturday, May 20th.

BookEnds is a nonprofit organization that operates under the motto, “Kids Helping Kids for Literacy.”

Students recycle their books through student-run book drives and place them in schools and youth organizations in need of books.

BookEnds’ mission is to empower students to create a thriving community by opening the door to community service and literacy, according to a Bookends spokesman.

The organization was founded by an eight-year-old who believed he could make a difference, and led his peers in a book drive to start a much-needed library at Hollygrove Children’s Home.

Since BookEnds began in 1998, student volunteers have filled 381 libraries throughout Los Angeles with more than one million donated books.

Information, BookEnds, (818) 757-3717.

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