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Volunteers raise nearly $25,000 to keep Galt elementary school libraries open

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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:11 am, Wed Oct 3, 2012.

Supporters of Galt Joint Union Elementary School District libraries have raised enough money to reopen all six of them through the end of the calendar year.

The Save Our Libraries effort has collected close to $25,000. However, more fundraising is needed, according to school board president John Gordon.

A community spaghetti feed will be held Friday at the Valley Oaks Grange on 5th Street.

“When we started raising funds to re-open our school libraries, people in the community — even families in the schools — did not know the libraries were closed,” said Leesa Klotz, parent and Save Our Libraries founder. “As the community began to realize the void these closed libraries made in the students’ experience, they rallied in support. To ensure they stay open and allow free access to reading and learning, we are continuing our fundraising efforts.”

When all school libraries were shuttered at the end of last school year, a grassroots effort led by Klotz was launched. Several fundraisers, including a rummage sale, have been held in recent months.

“Each offering of funds, services or time, no matter how large or small, has made a difference. We have done it together, and that is very empowering to our students and our community,” Klotz said.

The district plans to re-open the libraries Oct. 17 through mid-December, according to Gordon.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com. For more information about local education issues, read our Education Café blog.

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