Milford School promotes reading with Martin's Super Markets' grant

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MILFORD, Ind. (WNDU) - In Milford, students and staff have fond memories of beloved former teacher Diane Kehoe.

“Diane was always reading a book and at the end of her career was a reading specialist,” Milford kindergarten teacher Emily Worrell said. “And worked with kids to be better readers.”

Sadly, Kehoe died shortly after her retirement.

That's when some kids formed a club called Kehoe Kids.

“She died of cancer and us, as fourth-graders, started raising money to send books to kids at Riley Hospital,” said Libby Haab, a seventh-grader at Milford School.

“I think the fact that we have for four years been able to give books to kids at Riley and now we're making it a community situation, she would just be amazed at how much her life is still touching kids and teaching them to read,” Worrell said.

An astounding number of books have been donated through the years: At last count, they’ve donated well more than 10,000 books.

This year, the Kehoe Kids decided they wanted to do more here at home and beyond. They've set out to make book boxes and won a Martin's One School at a Time grant to pay for materials.

“With the $1,000 from Martin's Super Markets, we're going to make more book boxes so they can be more around the community and more in Indy,” seventh-grader Emma Young said.

“The point is, when the school is closed or the library is closed, you can take a book and leave a book,” seventh-grader Jacki Worrell said.

“When you're done with a book at home, you can bring it to one of the book boxes, you can switch it out with a new one that you want to read,” Haab said.

If you'd like to nominate your school for a Martin's One School at a Time grant, just fill out an online application.

The winning school gets $1,000 from Martin’s Super Markets. A new winner is picked each month.