The library building of San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) is in dire condition and in need of urgent refurbishing. It has been estimated that around $10,000 will be needed to make the necessary repairs. The school is hoping to raise funds with assistance from the community to start the work during the Christmas break.
Spearheading the initiative is librarian Catherine Whitney, known as "Teacher Kate." With 47 years teaching experience, Whitney has been volunteering at the SPRCS library for approximately 18 years. According to Teacher Kate, the doors, windows, and stairs are broken and even the walls of the school library are falling apart. After the September 19th Mexico earthquake, the building itself was rocked and needed to be reinforced.
Teacher Kate has installed boxes, in the shape of books at banks across town, as well as at various resorts across Ambergris Caye where people can drop off their donations. All proceeds are going towards the reconstruction of the library. "I know this community is full of good people, so I believe that we will be able to raise the amount we need for our new library," she said.
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