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Kenova students collect 1,000 books in holiday drive

Dec. 20, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

KENOVA -- Kenova Elementary School students went home from school Thursday with the most appropriate kind of gift Principal Deirdre Farley could think of -- books on top of books.

The gifts were the result of a nearly one-month long book drive at the school, and students celebrated their hard work during an annual Polar Express-themed event, which even allowed for them to attend school clad in their favorite pajamas.

Farley said the idea for the book drive came from a news article she read that indicated how many households with children have no books at all.

"I never realized how many homes don't have books," Farley said. "It was kind of an emotional day. Several books were new, and I was very pleased with everything and just amazed at the turnout."

The students piled more than 1,000 books into plastic bins set outside of their classrooms, and parents were free to come and pick up as many books as they wanted during the event.

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