Santa Clarita Valley Realtor Frank Ball is a long way from his hometown of Houma, La. But the 175 students at his alma mater, Dularge Elementary School, have been on his mind lately. Hurricane Rita pounded the community of Houma, including Dularge Elementary and other local schools. Although students are back in class, they still lack a number of key learning resources. Chief among them: library books. To restock the shelves, the Santa Clarita Valley Disaster Coalition will launch “The Book Flood,” April 24-28, to collect 20,000 books for more than 1,300 students at five schools in Houma.
“It is heartwarming to see Santa Clarita respond to help another community in need,” Ball said. “This effort will really help the schools.” Donated books should be appropriate for Kindergarten through sixth grade readers, in good condition, and relatively up-to-date. The schools especially need fiction, recent non-fiction, and classic children’s books. “All of us have books at home that we’re not reading,” said Carl Goldman, chair of the SCV Disaster Coalition. “If we each take 15 minutes and do a little spring cleaning, we will make a tremendous impact on the five schools.”
Joining the effort are Sulphur Springs Union School District, Newhall School District, Saugus Union School District and Castaic Union School District. Students in each of the local districts will bring books to their classrooms during the week of “The Book Flood.” Books can also be dropped off at the College of the Canyons Library, KHTS AM-1220 Studios, Santa Clarita Senior Center, and the KHTS Booth at Westfield Valencia Town Center. Camelot Movers of Valencia will deliver the books to the five Louisiana schools. Pointe-aux-Chenes Elementary serves 170 students in grades Kindergarten through 4. Grand Caillou Elementary has 426 students in grades Kindergarten through 3. Grand Caillou Middle School serves 479 students in grades 4 through 8. Boudreaux Canal-Little Caillou Elementary has 84 students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. And Dularge Elementary, where Ball attended, serves 175 students between Kindergarten and 3rd grade.
Residents who prefer to make a monetary donation can mail checks to SCV Disaster Coalition, c/o SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Santa Clarita, CA 91321