Students from Cynwyd Elementary School and their families had decided to donate $100 from their annual Book Fair proceeds to the library at Samuel Gompers Elementary School in Philadelphia. But Cynwyd Librarian Natalie Thibault took a step to make that donation even more generous.
Thibault knew that the library at Gompers, in Philadelphia's Wynnefield section, was heavily damaged by mold and water when a piped failed. More than 60 percent of the books there had to be thrown out.
While speaking with a sales representative from Follett Learning about placing the $100 book order for donation to Gompers, Thibault shared the story of what had happened to the Gompers library and asked if the donation could be increased in some way.
Thanks to that request, Follett generously agreed to donate 365 books, valued at approximately $5500, to the Gompers library.
On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, Thibault joined Follett representative Amy Hess, the volunteer librarians from the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC) and Gompers principal Phillip DeLuca at the library. There, they saw a second-grade class enjoying their new books.
DeLuca explained that the renovated library is a favorite room in the school. And that thanks to the efforts of the volunteer librarians and a reading specialist who works with teachers there, reading scores for students are rising.
For their part, the young students offered an enthusiastic "Thank You" to the Cynwyd community and to Follett.