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Students hold book drive for Golden Oak

More than 1300 tomes collected for new school's library

Posted: May 3, 2008 4:41 a.m.
Updated: July 4, 2008 5:02 a.m.

A sixth-grader from Sulphur Springs Elementary School and student council members help stack up the some of the 800 books they collected for the future library at Golden Oaks Elementary School.

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Some of the empty library shelves at Golden Oak Elementary School are now full of hardcovers and paperbacks, classics and picture books - everything a young student would want to read from Nancy Drew to SpongeBob SquarePants - thanks to the students at Sulphur Springs Elementary School.

Sulphur Springs students held a book drive last week, collecting more than 1,300 books for Sulphur Springs School District's newest school, which opens next fall in Canyon Country. Four student council members delivered the books to Golden Oak on Thursday, presenting them to Principal Gayle Abril.

"We're opening a school in the hardest state budget times, so any gifts or donations are especially precious," said Abril as she watched the Sulphur Springs students unload the books from boxes and put them on the shelves. "I think it's very sweet that the kids got so involved."

Sulphur Springs Assistant Principal Alan Reinstein set up the book drive in a partnership with BookEnds, a West Hills nonprofit organization that helps students recycle gently used books. Student council members were out in front of the school every morning during the drive, taking turns wearing the costume of the school mascot, a mustang, in order to get people's attention and let them know to donate books, Reinstein said.

"I was surprised by how many books they collected, because this is the first book drive we've ever done," Reinstein said. "But I shouldn't have been surprised, because our families are always very generous."

Student Council President David DiCicco was also surprised by the number of books collected.

"We saw people bringing in boxes of books, and we were really amazed," the Sulphur Springs sixth-grader said. "We feel really good that all of our students are participating in helping a new school."

David had help unpacking all the books from fellow student council members Tyler Ryan and sisters Danika and Shanna Sardella, while Principal Abril glanced through some of the titles.

"We're always asking for parent and community support, but it's great for kids to learn to give back," Abril said. "To come to a school and see all these empty shelves and to know that they filled some of them, I think that will give them a great sense of accomplishment."

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