School district sponsors book drive for Katrina victims |

School district sponsors book drive for Katrina victims

FRISCO – Summit School District is hosting a book drive this spring to help a school district in Gulfport, Miss., rebuild one of its elementary school libraries destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers with the Big Red Bus are spearheading the collection and will be making a trip to the Gulf Coast region in May to deliver the books. Nearly 9,000 books from the 28th Street Elementary School library were either lost of destroyed during the tragedy. Summit school district superintendent Millie Hamner said the community effort represents the second phase of demonstrating how deeply local children and citizens care about the youth in southern Mississippi.”The love of books and reading has created a bond between our two quite different communities and has allowed our children and community to once again demonstrate how much we care about others in need. We are pleased to be a part of this wonderful effort,” Hamner said.Big Red Bus owner and operator Scott Wilson said the people of Mississippi still need our help. “These kids don’t have any books. They are still without a school building. This is a desperate situation,” he said. Books are being collected at all eight Summit schools until May 5. The school is in need of elementary school-appropriate, new or gently used hardbacks, paperbacks, reference and non-fiction books. In addition to the book collection, Usborne Books and EDC Publishing, Inc., will match any cash donations for Usborne Books. Write checks to the Summit School District Book Drive, earmarking the donation for Usborne Books, and leave with any school front office.For questions on the book drive, contact parent volunteer Suzi Lazo at (970)453-1354.

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