- Cherry Creek School District No. 5
West Middle School student wins community service award
A West Middle School student recently won national recognition for her commitment to philanthropy.
Eighth-grader Lindsay List was recognized as a state honoree in this year’s Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for the middle school category. List was recognized for her work with “Lindsay’s Library,” a project she began in October 2019 to donate books to those in need and continues to this day. With more than 1,200 donated books, List is grateful she has found a way to make a difference in the community.
“My parents always taught me to give back to the community and help those who are less fortunate,” List said. “So when I needed a service project for my Bat Mitzvah, I knew exactly what I wanted to do: donate books.”
List was diagnosed with a reading disability earlier in her life, which influenced her relationship with reading. She shared that she hopes that her project will give others access to books and spark the love of reading that she has worked so hard to find herself.
“Linsday is a studious and kind student whose love of reading is amazing,” WMS social studies teacher Shayna Reiman said. “It really does warm my heart to see her make a positive impact on the world. Lindsay has worked so hard to find her own success and it is so nice to see her pass that forward. I can’t wait to see how far she goes!”
List began her project by working with Jewish Family Service of Colorado, where she had volunteered previously, and started collecting and delivering books to the Weinberg Food Pantry. She sought books for all ages and reached out to her community for donations. She even used money she’d earned or been given to keep the bookshelves full of free books for her community.
“Everyone deserves the opportunity to embrace reading, especially people who are still learning English,” List said. “Reading is an important skill to take you wherever you want to go.”
List’s project was in full swing when COVID-19 emerged in the United States, resulting in some adjustments in order to keep gathering books while ensuring she and her community stayed safe. List instituted a quarantine period for books, which involved wiping them down and repackaging. But, just as the virus has changed our daily lives in different ways, List found she needed a new outlet to distribute the books. She turned to her own district and has since donated more than a thousand books to Cherry Creek Schools.
“I’ve been honored by how many people have contributed,” List said. “It shows we really can make a difference if we try.”
List hopes to continue Lindsay’s Library and to continue her passion for making the world a better place through reading. An avid Denver Nuggets’ fan, List ultimately hopes to become a sports commentator.
“Sports are all about teamwork and coming together,” List said. “You can’t win championships on your own and you can’t make a difference on your own. I’m grateful for all of the people who have helped me get to where I am.”
If you’re interested in donating to Lindsay’s Library, you can reach out to Lindsayslibrary@comcast.net.