Jenna Lane recently made a trip to the island of Haiti along with a group from Blessed Hope Church of Vinton.

Lane, a Vinton-Shellsburg High School student, took on a project of collecting books in English to be used in the school there. Together she collected 1,400 books donated by the community through a book drop box at Tilford Elementary and through other donations.

Jenna would like to thank Blessed Hope Church for supporting both the book drive and the mission trip, the Vinton Lions Club for having her speak and for donating glasses, the Vinton Kiwanis Club for having her speak, Tilford and Shellsburg Elementary’s for allowing her to set up a drop off location at the schools, and everyone who donated to the book drive.

Jenna is the daughter of Tom and Dana Lane. She is also involved in the Operation Backpack program, which sends food home with nearly 100 VS students each Friday.

“When my church decided to go on a mission trip to Haiti,  I found the perfect opportunity to do two things I love — travel and serve others,” says Jenna. “It amazes me that there are still kids in the world who don’t get the education they deserve, which is why I did the book drive. Children’s books may seem simple, but they will make an impact on a child that will last a lifetime.”

Jenna is pictured here with the books she delivered to one of three libraries in Haiti.