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La Vernia’s kind gesture is one for the books!

La Vernia’s kind gesture is one for the books!
PASCALLE BIPPERT La Vernia Intermediate School Coach Rhonda Broll is amazed as she sorts through the books donated by families in La Vernia to students at Tanglewood Elementary School in Louisiana, devastated by flooding in August. The floods destroyed all the books in the school’s library.

Heavy rains pounded Louisiana in August, causing catastrophic flooding that, according to news sources, is the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The floods devastated many parts of the state, filling homes, businesses, and schools with water and mud, and closing highways.

For many people, the floods were just images on the evening news, but in La Vernia, things took a different slant.

In late August, Megan Brown of La Vernia heard an appeal from the mother of a student at Tanglewood Elementary School in Baton Rouge, La., that their school library was flooded and they lost the library’s entire collection of 10,000 books.

Megan shared a post on Facebook, inviting La Vernia folks to help by donating books to the school. La Vernia Intermediate School Coach Rhonda Broll saw the post and decided to see how many books the intermediate and primary school campuses could gather to send to the Tanglewood students.

In the space of three days, La Vernia students and teachers donated more than 50 boxes of children’s books for the cause! More were collected at Matt Brown’s State Farm Insurance office in La Vernia. Approximately 90 boxes of books were gathered, in total. Each box contained about 50 books. This generous gesture resulted in about 4,500 books from Texas for the students in Louisiana.

Affordable Trailers donated an enclosed trailer for the Browns to transport the books Sept. 2 to Louisiana, to deliver them to the students and teachers of Tanglewood Elementary School.

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