Making A Difference... John Fuller

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 4:00pm

John Fuller has a mission: To collect 1,500 books to pass along to those who lack ready access to reading materials. The recipients are in remote parts of our country as well as less developed parts of the world — places with no library or low literacy rates. Reading can open doors for learning and dreaming and, in the process, change lives.

John, who is 15 and a student at North Kingstown High School, is working towards his Eagle Scout rank. The book collection project is a fundamental part of that process.

John will be placing boxes in the Island Free Library and The Block Island Times to receive the deposits. The books can include fiction and nonfiction, children’s books and even textbooks. His goal is to secure a total of 1,500 books by Sept. 12.

Through his schoolwork John developed a keen interest in the world at large and hopes to someday work at The United Nations. His ambitious project is driven by “a desire to have an impact overseas, particularly in a country with scarce resources."

Though not a year-round resident, John has grown up on Block Island. His mother, Julie Fuller, manages The National Hotel and his grandparents, Stephen and Nancy Robison, have had a home on the island since 1973.

Scour your bookshelves for items that you are ready to pass along and drop them off for John. Help him make a difference. 

If you need to get in touch with him, he can be contacted at