ONALASKA, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area high school student is working to help kids improve their reading and writing skills.
Holmen High school sophomore Makinsey Schmidt has started The Literacy Project.
Schmidt has donated bags that contain books, a notepad and a pencil to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse, the Onalaska Police Department and the pediatrics building at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.
She said she received a $250 grant from the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
The program helps high school students gain leadership skills through family and consumer sciences education.
She also held a book drive through the Holmen Middle School and High School, and received donations through businesses.
Schmidt said she started The Literacy Project, because she said she regrets not dedicating the time she should have on her language and literacy homework.
“Because I didn’t do my language homework when I was younger, it’s affecting me now, because it’s hard for me to write papers, because I don’t have a large enough vocabulary to express myself when I write,” said Schmidt.
Schmidt said she would tell other kids to spend time on their language and literature homework, because it will help them in the future.