An incredible group of people came together on a sunny Sunday afternoon to give back to the community. We hopped on the Do Good Bus with no idea where we were going. On our drive over, our host Bianca did a great job leading get to know you activities and games that allowed us to interact with our fellow do gooders.
The Do Good Bus is an opportunity to get involved and help your community. Just get on the bus and we do the rest. Each trip is different and the locations are a secret. You never know where you’ll end up and what you might end up doing. If you have always wanted to get involved, volunteer or help others but didn’t know how, hop on the Do Good Bus!
We ended up at Locke High School where we met English teacher Kathleen Hicks. Turnover at Locke is very high, and unlike most teachers who leave after one or two years, Kathleen has taught at Locke for six years – that makes her a senior member of the staff. Kathleen is an incredible, amazing, energetic, inspirational teacher. Meeting her you wonder why she is not profiled in the LA Times. We never hear about the devoted teachers.
In the 90’s Locke’s library caught fire. Since then the school has not had a library or a librarian. It’s 2014! That’s ridiculous!!! Ms. Hicks noted that the area around the school has no bookstore and it’s dangerous for her students to walk to the public libraries in the area. Kathleen’s mission is to get the library reopened. Right now the unused and decrepit theater (another thing that needs fixing) is filled with thousands of books in piles.
Some of the books were rescued from the library and others have been donated. Most were old and outdated, but beggars can’t be choosers. Our assignment was to sort the books into piles – keep, donate to Goodwill, and recycle. We happily sorted and boxed hundreds of books. We made a nice dent in the pile, but many books remained when the day was over.
It felt so nice to play a small part in the revival of the library. It was a wonderful day and I definitely left feeling good. I was especially touched when each of us received a Thank You card from the students. I hope they get a library soon.
The Do Good Bus hosts monthly public rides. Check out their website and join a ride. It’s an easy way to give back. You can also get your friends together and host a ride to do something that is dear to your heart.