Three organizations reach out to replace LCE classroom libraries


Last updated 12/18/2018 at Noon

Staff and students at Little Cypress Elementary in Orange received an exciting gift recently from three organizations that have worked together to provide classroom libraries to the school, which was devastated by the flood from Hurricane Harvey.

Lifetouch, the leading provider of school and family photography, teamed up with the Texas Elementary Principal and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) and Scholastic Book Fairs to donate 1,090 new books to Little Cypress Elementary. The books will be used to help rebuild the school’s classroom libraries, which were destroyed by Hurricane Harvey last year.

When asked how the three entities teamed up, Mark Terry, Deputy Executive Director of TEPSA, told how he had contacted LCE Principal, Kayla Casey, to see what TEPSA might be able to do to help the school in recovery.

When he visited the school last year, children were still attending class in North Orange Baptist Church’s educational facility.He said that he is friends with David Loeslie, Sr.

Director Sales Support for Lifetouch, and Larry Wissinger, Director of Development for Scholastic Book Fairs.

Mark told his friends about the schools along the Gulf Coast that had lost so much, including all their books and the thousands of dollars-worth of teaching resources that teachers had invested of their own money through the years and a plan was developed.Lifetouch organized the Cover to Cover, Heart to Heart campaign to help replenish classroom libraries in three Hurricane Harvey-ravaged Texas schools: Fulton Learning Center, Orangefield Elementary, and Little Cypress Elementary.

From August 13 through September 5, Lifetouch employees purchased books for each school through an online Scholastic Book Fair.In addition, Scholastic Book Fairs matched 50% of Lifetouch employee purchases with a donation of Scholastic Dollars™, which all three schools can redeem through the Scholastic Dollars Catalog online for even more books and educational resources.A


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