POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - When most teenagers get their hands on $1,500, they think about spending the money on the latest electronics, clothing or entertainment, but not one Poplar Bluff Senior High student.
Sophomore Ben Soeter thinks about his high school library.
A few weeks ago, Ben used $500 of his winnings from the Charlie Classics Reading Challenge to purchase about 25 new books for the library, a place that he frequents often.
“I thought it was such a wonderful gesture for a student to even think that way,” said retired Poplar Bluff Junior High teacher Linda Surber, Charlie Classics coordinator. “He’s a fine young man.”
Designing Women Foundation creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason, a Poplar Bluff native, established the local reading program in 1989 with a simple mission to encourage junior and senior high students to read classic literature.