Making a Difference: Sharing a love of reading

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LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) - As students across Laredo embark on their Accelerated Reader Programs at their school, a group of Laredo students are taking the extra step to get their peers interested in a good book.

JJ Ramos started the group RILO or the ‘Reading is Life Organization’ just last year and so far he’s handed out thousands of books to Laredo kids.

Ramos is an eighth grader and he believes that reading is a way of life.
For as long as he can remember he’s had a deep love for reading.
A love that he feels the need to share with everyone around him.

So while at a conference for young leaders in Washington D.C., Ramos got the idea for his organization.

Ramos started RILO with the hopes of spreading the love of literacy to other kids his own age.

Today RILO is thriving.

The group set up at Cigarroa Middle School earlier this week, as part of Family Reading Night to give away books to anyone who wanted to read.
For JJ it’s a dream come true to share the gift of a good book.
Last year, RILO gave away about 2,500 books in the Laredo area.
The United Day Students collect book donations on their free time and donate them.

The students also take the time to sit with younger students and read with them and have made stops at the Bethany House and the Sacred Heart Children’s Home.