POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Ben Soeter loves books. He was the only student to read 25 classics last year taking home the prize money.
He didn't need all that cash, he says, but he knew his school library did.
Sophomore Soeter gave 30 brand new books and $500 in classic titles to the Poplar Bluff schools library.
"I have always loved reading I read in all my free time," said Ben.
He won the money last year through the Charlie Classics Reading Challenge.
To win, you just had to read 25 works of classic literature.
"Uncle's Tom's Cabin was one that's my favorite, said Ben." I just finished reading the crucible that was good too. I read a couple of Shakespeare plays."
Ben was the only student to take on the task.
"I was expecting at least four or five people to read more than 25 too," said Ben.
As Ben spent time in the library, he realized many books were work out. He says using part of his $1500 to replace them seemed like the best way to pay it forward.
"It makes me feel good to be able to give back to such a great program," said Ben.
Librarian Regina Stratton says generosity is just one of Ben's many gifts.
"It was a tremendous gift out budget was not as much as it normally was the last few years it saved us a lot of money," said Stratton. "Ben is very unique he just an awesome kid you wouldn't expect from this age group. He's very different and it's a good different. He's just a good student it's a joy to be around him."
As for Ben he's on to the next challenge. He hopes to win $1000 scholarship by reading 100 classics by his senior year He says a love of literature will always be a big part of his life.
"It's just so much fun," said Ben. "You can pretty much escape to another world. It's helped with my vocabulary and reading comprehension."