Book Drive

Local Swimmers Collect a Record Number of Books


{Westchase, FL, 2/14/2020} Pipeline Swim Team, located at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center, teamed up with two local kidpreneurs, Chase and Zach Hartman, to run a book drive for Title 1 Schools’ Summer Reading Packs. Teammates were encouraged to bring in gently used books on Valentine’s Day to share the love of reading. The drive collected more than 1300 books.

“It’s important to me that kids learn at a young age how they can help out in their communities,” said Pipeline Coach Rene Piper. “I’m pleased so many participated in the book drive and we collected a lot of books in a short amount of time.”

Chase and Zach Hartman recently combined their volunteer efforts to create a non-profit, Eco Brothers, Inc. to promote reuse and recycling. To date, they have collected more than 120,000 books and distributed most of them to Hillsborough County Public Schools for classroom libraries or summer reading packs. They’ve received more than $28,000 in grants from organizations like Karma for Cara, Hershey and The Lightning Foundation to purchase new books for kids in struggling areas. Chase, 14, is the recipient of the Lightning Community Hero of Tomorrow award, Florida’s Prudential Spirit of Community Honoree and the EPA’s President’s Environmental Youth Award.

“Each year we box up thousands of books and deliver them to Title 1 Schools in Hillsborough County to make Summer Reading Packs,” said Zach Hartman, 10. “Many of the kids we give books to don’t own any of their own. They get so excited when they know they get to keep the books.”

Pipeline Swim Team is under the direction of Patrick and Rene Piper. The team, consisting of 100 local swimmers, is located at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center at 10405 Countryway Boulevard in Westchase. More information can be found at Visit and for more information on Zach and Chase’s volunteer service.

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