Two of Mount Carmel School's partners donated books and garbage cans for the school during flag raising rites on campus last week.
Delegate Gregorio Sablan (Ind-MP) turned over almost 20 boxes of books to the school's library while the Class of 2002 AlumKnights donated four drum cans.
The books, which cover a wide range of genres, from fiction and science to history, came from the Library of Congress, which often receives multiple copies of books when they are first published. The excess books that the Library does not need for its own collection are made available to members of Congress. Sablan began securing books from the Library of Congress in 2009. His staff combs through the extra books in the Library basement, sorting them by reading level and suitability.
Since 2009, the islands' public schools and private schools have been recipient of thousands of books from the Library of Congress.
Sablan shared with the school's student body his own experience with books at Mount Carmel School as a student. Crediting his teachers for putting him in a room full of books, he said he has since then become an avid reader.
Joining Kilili for the donation of books were representatives of the school's Class of 2002-Anthony Reyes, Herbert Sablan, and Valerie Hofschneider-who had their own donation to make. They presented the school with four drum cans to be used as receptacles for trash or recyclable items. The class, which recently celebrated its 10th year reunion, made the donation as part of its reunion activities.
MCS president Galvin Deleon Guerrero was very happy to receive both donations. “This was truly a double blessing. The books are desperately needed for our small library, and the drum cans will help us keep our campus clean. In these hard economic times, we are indebted to people like Congressman Kilili and our 2002 AlumKnights for their generosity.”