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The goal was for Council members to work together to collect and provide books to help restock West ISD’s school libraries which were damaged in the devastating April 2013 fertilizer plant explosion.
Twenty-seven (27) Council members collected books in their communities which span the state, from the Panhandle to the Gulf Coast. All types of books were collected including fiction, non-fiction, class sets of classics, reference books, and more. All together, the students collected 6,500 books which were sorted, boxed, and delivered to West ISD to coincide with the one year anniversary of the explosion.
Erin Bankston, an 8th grader at Paris Junior High School, set up a collection area at the School library. Through her efforts, and the donations by schoolmates, teachers, staff, and the Paris community, she collected 600 books for West ISD Book Collection.
Erin said, “I am very grateful and proud to know that my time spent collecting books for the West ISD libraries will benefit children for many years and help them grow in their education.” Erin’s sponsor and Science Coach, Jodi Andoe, said, “Erin has dedicated a large amount of time and energy to this project and her efforts will definitely benefit many West ISD students.”
Erin is the daughter of Nita and Michael Bankston.