Student aid: BV sixth-graders raise $2,000 for library

Friday, June 2, 2017
Library director Julie Hall (left) receives a $2,007.32 check from Berryville Middle School’s sixth grade class, represented by (from left) literacy teacher Karie Sayer and students Abbie Blevins, Jack Dignan, Taryn Ballard and Corbin Crews.
Photo by Tavi Ellis/Carroll County News

The Berryville Library has some extra spending money for its summer programs thanks to the work of Berryville sixth-graders.

On Thursday, the students presented a check for $2,007.32 to the library for its Summer Reading Program.

Literacy teacher Karie Sayer said the sixth-grade class’s original goal was to raise $1,000, but they ended up doubling that amount by the end of the project. She said fundraisers began at the end of April and included selling fruit snacks and having students buy chances to pie teachers in the face and buying duct tape to tape Berryville Middle School principal John McClellan to the flag pole.

Sixth-grader Taryn Ballard said the students were happy to double their fundraising goal.

“It was awesome to get to $2,000,” Ballard said. “It felt really good.”

Sixth-grader Abbie Blevins said the money will go toward crafts and supplies for the library’s summer programs.

“They’re going to use it to buy the big prizes, like the bikes and stuff, for the end of the Summer Reading Program,” Blevins said. “Our project was all about helping them build a new library and get it to where they want.”

Library director Julie Hall said it has been amazing to see the sixth-graders’ fundraising project take off like this.

“It’s amazing that they’re sharing our dream of wanting to do more for the community through the library, the library programs and maybe eventually through a library building,” Hall said. “They’ve also designed new libraries for us and what they could look like, and the students had all sorts of ideas I never ever could have come up with.”

She said the donation would be used to create unique experiences for Berryville kids at the library this summer.

“We have a lot of high-quality performers coming in, but there performers that are really interactive,” Hall said, “because the theme for this summer is ‘build a better world.’ You do not do that just by sitting and watching but by getting off of the couch, doing things, inventing, designing, making and figuring things out on your own.”

She said there also will be creation stations for students to try their hands at making various things. The sixth-graders’ donation will allow the library to get more supplies and make sure there is enough for everybody.

“I want to say ‘Thank you so much’ to the sixth-graders of Berryville Middle School,” Hall said.

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