Wagoner early childhood center to replenish library with grant | News

WAGONER — A $15,000 grant will help Ellington Early Childhood Center restock its storm-damaged library, officials said.

Dollar General Store representatives visited the school Tuesday to present a $15,000 check from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and American Association of School Librarians.

Ellington Librarian Cheryl Blair said the grant will help the school buy books, DVDs and other items to replace ones lost in a July 14 storm.

During the storm, high winds blew the roof from the Ellington library and computer lab. Officials reported finding two to three inches of standing water in the rooms.

Blair said storm water damaged the ceiling, carpeting, books, DVDs and other materials.

“We lost almost 75 to 80 percent of our books,” Blair said. “Our shelves, we spent hours polishing them. They’re not as pretty as they once were. One thing that didn’t get damaged at all was our stuffed animal collection. They were in plastic bins.”

Blair said insurance helped repair the ceiling and carpeting. However, the library still needs books and DVDs, she said.


Ellington Early Childhood Center Librarian Cheryl Blair reads to students in the school library. The school received a $15,000 grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation to replace books and other items damaged in a July storm.

The grant will help the library buy new…

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