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Local schools collect 7,000 books for tornado survivors
Local schools collect 7,000 books for tornado survivors

Dunedin, Florida (via Pinellas County Schools) -- Pam Metz-Easley, principal of Curtis Fundamental Elementary in Dunedin, grew up near Joplin Missouri, a school district of about 7,000 students. When the May 22 tornado hit, she felt driven to do something to help replenish the elementary school libraries that were damaged.

She organized a book drive for gently used books to be donated for classroom libraries at these schools. When other elementary schools heard about the book drive, many offered to lend a hand. Soon books were pouring in from district schools including Clearwater Fundamental Middle, Belcher, Dunedin, Woodlawn, Curtis Fundamental and Leila Davis.

With the generous support of many schools and people, approximately 7,000 books have been collected. Parents and staff at Curtis Fundamental have helped with the collection and packing of the books. The district warehouse also contributed thousands of used books from other school libraries and has assisted with the book wrapping and loading onto pallets.

On Thursday, July 21, a truck donated by JB Hunt Trucking Co., Arkansas, will be stopping by the Walter Pownall Service Center warehouse sometime around noon to pick up the books. Principal Easley, as well as parents and students who have been helping, will be at the warehouse to give the truck a celebratory sendoff.

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