Indian Lake Middle School 7th graders are leading a school-wide effort to collect books for schools in Sarasota, Florida, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
While Sarasota County did not experience a direct hit, the powerful storm devastated many of their teachers in ways they didn’t anticipate. ILMS 7th grade science teacher Jana Core’s daughter, Jenna, teaches at Toledo Blade Elementary in Sarasota.
Core explains, “When many teachers arrived back to their classrooms after the storm, they were saddened to discover the libraries they spent several years carefully collecting for their classrooms nearly empty. Dozens of books that helped feed the students’ minds, year after year, were gone.”
The classrooms were some of many used as a shelter at 14 Sarasota County Schools during Hurricane Irma, housing over 19,000 hurricane evacuees and their pets. Many of the books were ruined or removed during this time and are no longer available to students at schools.
The ILMS 7th grade students are running a book drive for the next week. Books appropriate for elementary and middle school level students are preferred. Core will mail the books to her daughter for disbursement at Sarasota schools.
In September, ILMS Student Council, with the help of community members and Indian Lake Eagles Auxiliary 3615, raised more than $600 to help replenish supplies for a classroom in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.