The library is often referred to as the heart of the school and like the human heart one cannot survive without it.

Libraries are a central source of information and elementary and secondary students alike spend a great many number of hours utilizing its resources.

Imagine a school without a library. This would be a great tragedy and yet for many Galveston area schools, libraries were either destroyed by Hurricane Ike in September 2008 or are operating on limited resources.

Enter Dunaway Elementary’s Operation READ (Restoring Elementaries After Destruction). Dunaway recently partnered with Bridge City ISD’s Sims and Hatton elementary school libraries and will help them rebuild the “heart of their school.” 

Both elementary schools suffered tremendous losses to their library collection and are housed in portable buildings.

Dunaway Elementary will host a Mardi Gras style fundraiser that includes a “Beads for Books” book drive that will benefit the two Bridge City elementary school libraries. Dunaway will accept new or very gently used children’s hardback or paperback books now through Feb. 27 and, in turn, the donor will receive a string of Mardis Gras beads for each book donated. 

Also available is the Mardis Gras-inspired Operation READ T-shirt, which is on sale at Dunaway for $15. General donations are also being accepted to help Dunaway purchase books for the two schools. 

The monthlong fundraising drive will end Feb. 24 with a Mardis Gras carnival complete with the King Cake Walk, face painting, doubloon toss and much more.

Dunaway is encouraging all of their students, staff and the Waxahachie community to get involved and help fill the shelves of the Sims and Hatton elementary school libraries. 

For more information on Operation R.E.A.D, contact Dunaway Elementary at 972-923-646.