New Trier adviser rooms donate 600 books to Chicago charity

Spagnoli advisees

After hearing about Books First! Chicago , a charity that collects books for Chicago Public Schools with 15 percent or more of their students designated as homeless and no libraries or library equivalents, New Trier junior David Tabarez-Cisneros saw an opportunity to involve his fellow New Trier students in the cause.

With the support of his New Trier adviser, Bob Spagnoli, Tabarez-Cisneros led his adviser room in a book drive that collected about 600 books for the charity. On Feb. 11, the students took a field trip to Chicago to bring the boxes of books to Books First! Chicago .

"I organized this book drive to help those who do not have the same access to knowledge and learning materials as I do," Tabarez-Cisneros said. "I believe it is extremely important for students to have books to read as it can unlock limitless possibilities in their futures."

Tabarez -Cisneros said he also invited other adviser rooms to help with the book drive "to increase participation, support and student involvement." Also participating were the Bushell, Butterly, Coy, Haak, Heidkamp, Maxman, Mitchum, Runkle and Trovato adviser rooms.

Developed in 1928 as one of the nation's first high school advisement programs, the New Trier adviser system comprises more than 160 adviser rooms of approximately 25 students that meet daily for 25 minutes. The adviser room is key to New Trier's home-school connection and builds important relationships between adults and students in the school.

For more information about Books First! Chicago , visit booksfirstchicago.org/ .