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Wells Memorial Library after Irene. Photo: Kate Messner
Wells Memorial Library after Irene. Photo: Kate Messner

Long Island elementary school raises $1400 for Wells Memorial Library

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The Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay will be getting a gift of about $1400 from a Long Island elementary school, to help the library continue its recovery from Tropical Storm Irene. The donation comes after the school--Shore Road Elementary in Bellmore--decided to use its annual 6th grade charity sale to raise money for the library.

Wells Memorial's children's section was almost completely destroyed by Irene last August. And library director Karen Rappaport says although it has mostly been restored, the library will still use most of the Shore Road elementary money for kids' materials.

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Nora Flaherty
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Of course there are ongoing books and materials coming out for children all the time, so we’re very happy we’re going to be able to continue to update the section for kids, and have more and more materials for them.

The donation came about after elementary school teachers Carolyn Acevedo and Kelly Popielaski heard about what Tropical Storm Irene had done to the library. 

Nora Flaherty spoke with the two teachers from the principal’s office at the school. Popielaski told her how she got the idea. 

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