For Immediate Release
Reader to Reader Pledges $50,000 in Books to Rebuild School Library Destroyed By Arson
On September 12, the Mesa Elementary School Library located on the Navajo Nation in Shiprock, New Mexico, was destroyed by fire and all its contents were lost. The FBI is investigating the fire as arson.
Reader to Reader has pledged $50,000 worth of books to rebuild the library. The nonprofit literacy organization based in Amherst will be sending books from its inventory and is launching a book drive to aid the school. The organization is seeking donation of new and gently used children’s books.
“It is extremely heartwarming that you are coming to our aid in our time of need,” said Mesa Elementary principal, Pandora Mike. "I am completely floored and it brings me to tears. Our hearts will be touched forever.”
Interested donors are asked to contact Reader to Reader at 413-256-8595 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donors can also donate funds to Reader to Reader to buy books in the Navajo language and for other specialized needs they have. 100% of the funds donated for the book drive will be used to rebuild the library. Donations can be made online as well. (Online donations should note Mesa Elementary.) Please make checks payable to Reader to Reader and write “Mesa Library” on the detail line. Your donations will be tax deductible.
Donations of books should be sent to:
Reader to Reader
(Mesa Elementary Book Drive)
38 Woodside Ave.
Amherst, MA 01002