Fire Destroys Library in Mandeville – Kids Books Needed
Below is an appeal from Miranda Sampson from the Mount Saint Joseph library in Mandeville which burned down a few weeks ago.
Books are badly needed, especially children’s books.
If you can help please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Dear Friends and Family,
For those of you who have not heard, on Saturday February 25th a massive fire destroyed portions of our school. Mt. St. Joseph Prep is a Catholic school that was originally established by the Sisters of Mercy in the 1930’s. It is a very modest school that functions only on very low tuition fees.
In 2009 I began volunteering in the library helping the librarian with various reading programs. The more involved I became was the more I realized what a great need the library had for better, more interesting books.
Most students I came in contact with viewed reading as mandatory as opposed to a chosen pastime. The same year, myself, along with my family organized a book drive in Tennessee that collected almost 4,000 books.
They were shipped to Jamaica, delivered to our school and received by all 500 students with great excitement.
In September of 2010 I was offered the job of librarian (and the art teacher) as the teacher was unable to return to work. What began as a temporary position has turned into a serious desire to impact the life of these students through reading.
Unfortunately the fire claimed the most expensive parts of the school including the entire computer lab, two kinder classrooms, 4 store rooms, 4 residences (one of which housed a teacher and her daughter), and of course, my beautiful library.
We were able to save some books, but as you can see from the pictures above there were many books lost to not only fire, but water damage.
So, if you received this email it is because I believe you might feel our pain. I had an overwhelming response of people willing to support our first book drive and I am determined to make this time around even bigger and better.
If you are interested in helping either by book donation or monetary donation (no matter how big or small) please contact me or if you are in TN my parents house will be a drop off for books.
If you know someone who might be interested in this cause please forward this email as often as you like:)
Currently all three of my children attend this school and while I am still teaching art classes to grades 1-5, I am now coordinating the rebuilding efforts. I believe in this school and everything it stands for. Please join my cause.