School 'overwhelmed' by community's generosity

MICHELE ONG
Last updated 05:00 07/02/2014
St Pius X School pupils  Ruben Waru

NEW BOOKS: St Pius X School pupils Ruben Waru, 6, and Sophie Gower, 9, are pleased with the books donated to them to replenish the ones that were destroyed in a fire last month.

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A new chapter has begun for a New Plymouth primary school a month after it lost its library to a fire.

Thousands of book donations have poured in for St Pius X School after its library and collection of 3000 books were destroyed in fire that claimed St Philomena's Catholic Church. The school's library was at the back of the 50-year-old building.

A relief fund was also set up to get the library going and about $10,000 is currently sitting in the kitty.

Principal Trish Walsh said she was overwhelmed with the generosity shown by the community.

The books are waiting to be sorted and catalogued by school librarian, Frances Moral, who is also using the donated funds to buy back popular titles.

But the school is still unable to open its library yet as other equipment, such as a scanner, and stationery, need to be bought.

The school is also getting a new classroom in term two which would allow another classroom to make room for a library.

In the meantime, bookworms are using the council's mobile library.

Ms Walsh said the mobile library visit would be fortnightly and children will get to spend 20 minutes on the bus, picking their favourite titles.

She said the support the school has received from the community meant a lot to its staff and students.

People still wanting to make a donation can have their cheque or online payment made to the St Pius X School Library Relief Fund, TSB Bank, 15-3955-0560450-00.

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