Boy Scout project nets 34,812 books

PHOENIX, Ariz. — A Boy Scout Eagle project ended up being a community-wide project to help the Anniston Elementary School library in Gulfport, Miss., replace some of its lost 10,000 books as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Some 12 pallets of books — 34,812 books — were delivered in Gulfport Jan. 16 by Boy Scout Michael Ward of the Royal Palm Ward, Phoenix Arizona North Stake, along with his father and others.

The project began last fall when Michael approached the Washington Elementary School District in Arizona and asked if it would partner with his Scout troop to sponsor the project. Fliers went out to all 32 schools in the district and books started pouring in. On Sept. 18, Scottsdale Mayor Mary Manross conducted a ceremony launching the project, with now-retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor attending and signing her new book as the first book donated to the project. The ceremony was broadcast on C-SPAN. Other news media publicized the project.

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