"Books For Nate" Honors Teen Killed In Crash



Looking for children and teenage books that would appeal to ages 0-14.

They will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club and Girls Inc.

A book drive set up to honor the life of a Mount Michael teen is going on until the end of April. Nate LaFave’s mother, Beth, told WOWT 6 News she is astonished at how successful the drive has been so far. “Books For Nate” began March 1.

The idea to hold a book drive for children who can’t afford books was thought up through a mediation session ordered by the court between Maddie Shely and Beth LaFave. Shely was charged in juvenile court with Motor Vehicle Homicide for the October crash that killed Nate.

“Nate was a social child. Everyone knew him, made friends with everyone, but he also had his nose in books reading about everything,” said Beth Lafave. “He was the world’s most extroverted bookworm you could ever find!”

Beth expected to have about 2,000 books donated. As of the end of March, there are close to 6,000. The book drive is set up through The Junior League of Omaha’s “A Book Of My Own” program. The books will be donated to The Boys and Girls Club and Girls Inc. Books have been donated from all across the state and beyond.

Many people are writing memories of the popular Mount Michael Student so the person who receives the book will learn more about Nate's life. “There’s a lot of people that know neat things about Nate they could leave for others to see," said Beth LaFave.

Beth said the messages will be treasured by her and others, but right now, they are too difficult to read. “I haven't yet. That could be a little tough.”

One donation bin is set up at UNMC due to the significance of the building. “Nate passed away here, and I work here. So I have to come to work, to the place where I had the worst day of my life. Some days I have to walk right past the emergency room where we saw him for the last time,” explained Beth.

Though this is a tough road for the entire family, Nate's memory is certainly being remembered in an honorable way. “I don't think he realized how special of a kid he was and how many lives he impacted, so I think he would be totally floored by what we collected so far. It's an awesome feeling," his mom said.

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