The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

April 23, 2014

Retired teachers distribute books to Northside school students

By GRACE GADDY
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE —

Students at Northside Primary School in Palestine were all arms as they gathered around a library table topped off by Dr. Seuss, Snow White and other characters on Tuesday — compliments of the Anderson County chapter of the Texas Retired Teachers Association.

The association donated more than 180 books to the school as part of a statewide project to distribute literature to children.

Second Vice-President Willette Mitchell, who serves as book chairman for the local chapter, said she'd been involved with the project for the past 10 years. She said the association now has managed to distribute books to every school in Palestine.

Local President Peggy McClendon also was present at Tuesday's giveaway, doing her part to encourage reading and hand some books to the students.

Principal Barbara Dutton said ladies in the association came to her about three weeks ago to inquire about donating the books — to which, of course, the answer was affirmative. Ideally, Mitchell said the project aims to give each student a book of his or her own, to keep.

Dutton said she wasn't sure how the books would be distributed just yet, since there are more students at the primary school than donated books.

“I thought we would put them in our library,” Dutton said, noting that the goal was to get the literature into the hands of the children. “A lot of the children will be able to add to their library.”