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CHARM -- When East Holmes Schools District Library Media Specialist Lori Pringle sent home a note with kids to promote the district's fundraiser to help purchase a new bookmobile for the Holmes County District Public Library, she had no idea what kind of response she would get.
"I never dreamed the kids would bring in this much money," Pringle said at Flat Ridge Elementary School, where she joined students at Flat Ridge in presenting Holmes County Library Director Bill Martino with a check for $1,599.46.
"And the change is still coming in," she added with a laugh, handing a baggie full of change, which was turned in late to Martino.
Flat Ridge was treated to a doughnut party by the library director for the school's generosity. The school collected $643.44, which average $10.05 per student. Charm students finished second, donating $196.82, an average of $4.69 per student.
"This valley really supported this fundraiser," said Flat Ridge Principal Casey Travis. "The majority of the students here also have siblings in school at Charm, which means some families were giving abut $15 worth of change."
Martino thanks the school for its generosity and continued support of the bookmobile.
"We will try and make this one of our first stops next year with the new bookmobile," Martino said.
The bookmobile provides books and other library materials for children, teens and adults; a regular and dependable schedule of stops that reach all areas of the county; service to public schools, parochial schools, the Training Center, the County Home and a myriad of community stops. Wi-Fi capabilities and onboard laptop computers for patron use while on the bookmobile. And, a chance to promote literacy and entertainment to the citizens of Holmes County.
"All donations are tax deductible and will go a long way toward helping us continue our mission to bring the library to those that can't always make it to one of our physical locations," he added.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or email@example.com.