katie wall with cedar island studentsStudents at Cedar Island Elementary started the season of giving early this year by collecting more than 2,200 books for Hospitality House Youth Development, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that serves inner-city youth and their families.

Cedar Island began its partnership with Hospitality House this year when Principal Dan Wald connected with Katie Wall, a former fourth-grade teacher at his school. Wall now serves as the program development and community partnership coordinator at Hospitality House.

Staff and students at Cedar Island welcomed Wall back on Oct. 24 to accept the donations. During this schoolwide event, both she and Wald also spoke to students about the importance of being of service to others.

In addition to the support provided through book donations, the Cedar Island PTO donated $150 to Hospitality House for the purchase of book shelves.

PHOTO: Katie Wall, former Cedar Island Elementary teacher and current program coordinator at Hospitality House Youth Development, accepts donations of books on Oct. 24. Students at Cedar Island collected more than 2,200 books for the organization that serves inner-city youth and their families in Minneapolis.