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Donated books help freshen up classroom libraries

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LA CROSSE, Wis (WXOW) - One recent fundraising event is helping give area students the gift of reading, on Giving Tuesday.

Fourth-graders across the La Crosse School District are receiving box loads of new books to put up on their classroom shelves, and the most recent recipient, Southern Bluffs Elementary.

This donation couldn't happen without the La Crosse Public Library and the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. The public library's yearly, "Give-a-Gift" event is on its second year of partnering with the La Crosse School District. They say it's crucial for kids to have a good reading foundation.

The students could not have been more excited to crack open their new books. Fourth-grade teacher Lori Meyer sees first hand the students' enthusiasm for reading. These new books were the icing on the cake. "I heard one of the students say, 'it's like Christmas without a Christmas tree,'" said Meyer. "They're pretty pumped about getting new titles for our classroom library that they can read at their leisure."

These generous donations allow teachers with an already tight budget to purchase materials for other subjects.

The partnership looks forward to continuing to donate books for years to come. Representatives said they hope to cover all of the elementary school classrooms one year at a time.

Warren Sears

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