School Dedicates New Library Donated by Community

October 09, 2002

Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Catholic school’s outdated library is a thing of the past thanks to the dedication of volunteers from the Christ Child Society, the Librarians OutReach Effort, city and suburban schools, and donations from Sallie Mae. The school’s staff and nearly 200 students will dedicate their new 5,000-book state-of-the-art library and thank those who made it all possible:

Thursday, October 10, 2002
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian School
1503 E. Capitol St., SE, Washington, DC
(enter off 15th Street, near back of the school)

During the event, the school choir will sing. Principal, Dr. Martina Matthews, and students will lead prayers and thank the volunteers before students give tours of the new library.

The library overhaul was a project taken on by the Christ Child Society’s 22-member Mildred Merrick Sub-chapter. These volunteers not only raised $20,000 in donations — $14,000 in grants from Sallie Mae, $2,000 from private donors and $4,000 from a fundraising event — but arranged volunteers and coordinated every step of the process. Christ Child volunteers also are setting up the new computerized circulation and distribution system and are volunteering in the library two days every week.

This library is a real community effort. Students from Gonzaga College High School gutted the old library, cleaned the room and painted it. Nancy McKinley, with Librarians OutReach Effort, donated her expertise in evaluating books and advising on the new library, as did Mary Ann Payton, librarian at St. Luke Catholic school in McLean, VA. St. Luke also donated supplies and books, while St. Teresa School in Ashburn, VA became a “sister school,” donating 1,200 books.

The Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Christ Child Society is a nonprofit organization serving material, educational and emotional needs of children regardless of race or creed. Librarians OutReach Efforts is a consulting organization that helps schools build and strengthen their libraries.

Jennifer Reed or Susan Gibbs
Office of Communications
301-853-4562 or 301-853-4516
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