RFH Book Drive
May 28th, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 23, 2013
Rumson — “No one seems to enjoy a new book as much as a grade school child does,”
says Linda Murray, Librarian at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. Mrs. Murray
should know, having spent some time as the Librarian at Conover Road Grammar
School in Colts Neck before joining the RFH staff.
So when she heard that Union Beach Memorial School had suffered devastating
damage and been temporarily closed due to Hurricane Sandy, she designated its
students and teachers as the most recent beneficiaries of the annual RFH Library Book
“As a school Librarian, I felt strongly about helping a school in need,” explained Mrs.
Murray. “And the story of this school in particular, in an area that was not featured as
prominently as some others on the news reports about Hurricane Sandy damage, just
compelled me to action.”
Located on Morningside Avenue, Union Beach Memorial suffered significant losses
during Hurricane Sandy as more than a foot of floodwater poured into the school. In
addition to to structural and electrical damage, the school suffered the loss of equipment
and supplies — including much-loved books.
The local community and RFH students, parents, and staff responded generously to
the call for new and gently used books. As a result, approximately 4,000 hardcover
and softcover books are packed up and ready to be enjoyed by Union Beach Memorial
students from Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth grade.
The books were collected from February 1 through May 3 and then carefully sorted and
placed in boxes. Each box is clearly marked with the appropriate reading age for the
books it contains, as well as the books’ genre. “This level of organization will make it a
lot easier for teachers to put the books to immediate use, either in the library or in the
classroom.” said Murray.
The books are scheduled for pickup in early June, in anticipation of Union Beach
Memorial’s reopening which is slated for mid-to-late June.
“As they have done each year without fail, the members of the community have made
the book drive a rousing success” said Murray. “I cannot thank them enough for their
support.” This marks the fifth consecutive year that the RFH Library staff has organized
the book drive.
Books that do not meet the specific needs of Union Beach Memorial School have
been earmarked for use by The Bridge of Books Foundation, a non-profit organization
providing gently used and new books to underprivileged and at-risk children throughout
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT –
Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Public Relations
email@example.com or 908-347-8885