December 16 2014

BHS Fundraiser for Ferguson Public Library a Success


A fundraiser put on by the Burlington High School English Department helped raise over a thousand dollars for the Ferguson Public Library.

As reported on BNEWS, On December 15, BHS hosted a Read-a-thon to raise funds for the Ferguson library, which has become a safe haven in a time of crisis for the residents of Ferguson, a blog post by the BHS English Department stated.

The department updated its web site this week with the results.

"The Read-a-thon has come and gone, and BHS has raised over eleven hundred dollars for the Ferguson Public Library!" a statement reads. "The figure is likely even higher, but we cannot track the contributions of people who donated directly to the library."

In a radio interview on NPR, the library’s director, Scott Bonner, explained how the library has been able to use the recent influx of funds to create and distribute 'healing kits' – packages with children’s books and stuffed animals for the children of Ferguson – and how he hopes to raise enough money to add another permanent member to the library’s staff to help with the increase of traffic the library has seen over the past months. That article inspired the BHS English Department to help the cause.

"On behalf of the English Department, thank you to all of the students, parents, supporters, faculty, and staff who participated in one way or another," it said on its web page. "We hope you enjoyed your reading time as well!"




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