Georgia book drive helps Pascagoula children

Published 6:49 pm Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Beach Elementary School is enjoying the benefits of an overly successful book drive in Georgia.

Jordan Krenz, a 17-year-old senior from Marietta, Ga., collected more than 5,300 books for a Cobb County literacy program. After dividing books between a neighborhood elementary school and a battered women’s shelter, she needed to find a place for the nearly 4,300 books left.

Krenz had the idea to give the books to a school recovering from Hurricane Katrina. One of Krenz’s cousin lives in Wiggins, so she targeted Mississippi.

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Pascagoula’s Beach Elementary was flooded by Katrina’s surge on Aug. 29, 2005. Students finally returned to the school last week.

The Krenz family delivered the 1,500 pounds of books in a U-Haul to the school a few days ago.

“It was just like a mountain of books,” said principal Shirley Hunter.