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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Landrum, KIPP Courage Students Enjoy Books from Kinkaid

Kate Carmain, a Kinkaid junior and founder of a non-profit that provides books for children who need them.
Landrum Middle and KIPP Courage students flooded into the LMS library last week for library books – the kind they could keep rather than borrow.

The books were gathered from the Kinkaid School’s middle school library by Kate Carmain, a Kinkaid junior and Hunters Creek resident. Carmain started a small non-profit when she was in eighth-grade that collects books and distributes them to children who need them.

She and a group of fellow students helped students select books and decorate writing journals. They also provided snacks, always a hit.

“I always loved to read and wanted to share that with others,” Carmain said.

A member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe, Carmain makes an annual trip to South Dakota to deliver books to tribe children.

Librarian Jimmy Mai was happy.

Students file past a pile of book bags last week at Landrum Middle School.
“This is great – this is a great way to create partnerships,” he said, as LMS and KIPP students streamed by, many with questions for Mai. “We can’t do this alone – we need to form partnerships with other schools.”

Mai had to tell several disappointed students that the library was out of the red bags emblazoned with the Landrum logo. Several students wore the bags as improvised jester hats while they perused the available books.

The books went so fast that what was scheduled to be a two-hour event was largely over in an hour.

Pam Carmain, Kate’s mother, was talking with her neighbor, former SBISD trustee Mary Grace Landrum, about Kate’s book projects. Landrum, also a member of the Landrum Campus Improvement Team (CIT), said that she knew of need closer to home if Kate wanted to pursue one. Turns out she did and the Landrum-Kinkaid project was on.

Jimmy Mai hopes it’s not a one-time thing.

“I hope we can do it again,” he said. “I hope we can continue the partnership.”

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