Once upon a time, as so many good stories begin, there was a little girl who loved books and other children. As this little girl grew up, she continued to love books and children. She became a teacher who was known for making her classroom a safe place to learn. She instilled the love of learning and, even more so, the love of literature.
Reva, as that little girl was called, married a tall, handsome and kind man. She and her husband Gerhardt travelled many places discovering the worlds beyond the classroom and the towns in which they lived and beyond the books that they read.
As Reva turned her attention and vitality to teaching in the library, her passion for good children literature blossomed – as did the number of books in her personal library. She thrived on going to conventions where she met many authors, bought their books, and had them autograph their work.
Now, as Reva and Gerhardt faced the years beyond retirement and the daunting task of downsizing, Gerhardt encouraged Reva to share the many, many books she had acquired throughout the years. Cedars Christian School is one of the several places Reva gave generously of her personal library.
This story ends, like so many that begin ‘once upon a time’. There is a happy ending for these books, or maybe it is more accurately a happy ‘to be continued’ ending for the donation to Cedars.
Our school was able to use most of the like-new books for our collection; however, there were some of the donated books that we already owned, and quite a few that were multiple copies. So, we looked far and wide for the next group of children, and their library, to own and enjoy Reva’s books. We chose the Write to Read program.
According to the site, the organization was first started by former Lt. Governor of BC the Honourable Steven Point, who decided that bringing books to the remote communities he visited was a good idea to promote literarcy. See the Write to Read website for details on this incredible organization.
We, at Cedars, are still being blessed by these beautiful books as more and more are readied for the shelves. Our students and staff wish the boxes of books a safe journey to the hands of children and the shelves of libraries where they may be read and enjoyed once again and for years to come.
Debbie Van Calsteren