Augusta mother gets books into hands of city students through sixth grade
Crystal Schmidt, whose son, Ricky, is in kindergarten, had the idea to help students with their literacy and keep things interesting while they are home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Share
Gilbert School Principal Sarah Landry, left, and Crystal Schmidt stand last Thursday outside Sylvio J. Gilbert Elementary School in Augusta. Schmidt’s children — Ricky, left, and Catharine — are with her. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal
AUGUSTA — As Crystal Schmidt laid on the couch with her 8-month-old baby, she thought how great it would be for students to have new books during the COVID-19 pandemic.