|Barnstable High School grad Lauren Hansen (middle) with HAC’s Lynne Perry (left) and Jodi Keegan with a few of the books she collected and donated to children in HAC’s family shelters.|
When it comes to the country’s civil rights movement, Ruby Bridges was a seminal figure in advancing equal opportunities for African-Americans, becoming the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South in the fall of 1960.
In doing so, Bridges helped open doors to educational and literacy programs not previously offered to minorities.
In their final months as students at Barnstable High School, seniors Lauren Hansen and Rachel Madore learned about Bridges’ contributions to society in their Understanding Diversity class taught by Michele Netto. The pair then turned the lessons of Bridges’ life story into action, collecting used children’s books that were donated to HAC in the middle of last month.
The books will be given to children in HAC’s shelters. Hansen said she and Madore wanted to utilize books as a way to empower HAC’s clients and enrich their lives.