"Austin & Ally" star Laura Marano will be surprising students at PS 124 with 1,000 new books. Credit: Getty Images
"Austin & Ally" star Laura Marano has always been a bookworm, and she's working to give children in lower-income NYC neighborhoods the chance to become one too.
The 17-year-old is taking part in a book drive at PS 124 as part of Capital One's Book by Book campaign, which aims to give books to kids who might not otherwise have access to them.
“I'm thrilled to visit with the students at PS 124 and share with them how important literacy and reading has been in my success as an actress, singer and songwriter. Together, with Capital One Bank, The Heart of America Foundation, and Communities in Schools, I hope to get more books into the hands of kids who need them and to inspire a lifelong love of reading," Marano tells Metro.
The event will take place Nov. 12, National Young Readers Day, and Marano will surprise students at PS 124 with more than 1,000 new books. The students have no idea the Disney star is coming, and they'll be able to ask her questions during a school assembly.
Want to get involved? Capital One will donate one book for every "like" on their Facebook page.