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Dec 7, 2011 7:45 PM by Matt Stafford

OCHO Project getting free books to CO Springs students

Some Colorado Springs elementary students went home with some early presents Wednesday.

Wilson Elementary School was given 2,000 books from students at Broomfield's Aspen Creek School. It's the OCHO Project -- or, Opportunities for Children to Help Others. The Aspen Creek students collected the books through donations and spare change, and then brought them down to Colorado Springs.

"A lot of time to learn service learning or community service, we learn it as adults; I thought if we can get it into children at a young age it will just be part of their core," Tinna Petursson, vice president of the Aspen Creek P.T.A.

"We're 87-90% Free and Reduced Lunch, and some of our families are going through hard times; this is a great way to just give the kids access to books that otherwise may not be able to do that," says Wilson Elementary Principal Carlos Perez.

Petursson says Aspen Creek is the first school to bring the OCHO Project to Colorado. They would love to see more schools try it out. For more information, click here.

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