Time and money ran out for the Atwater Elementary school library on Friday. The library closed in the wake of school district budget cuts. A last-minute fundraiser organized by residents and parents fell short of the $15,000 needed to keep the library in operation. But the Friends of Atwater Elementary is not giving up. In fact, the school booster group is continuing to raise money to re-open the library.
The fundraiser, which was featured in the L.A. Times and The Eastsider, received some unexpected donations from people who live far from Atwater, said Shelli-Anne Couch, who heads the friends group. In an email sent Friday, Couch said:
In conjunction with our online IndieGoGo campaign we’ve also been receiving offline donations from the community, parents and complete strangers! One lady who read about us in the LA Times promptly sent us a check for $1000, while another pensioner all the way over in Century City doorknocked her condo complex to raise another $1,000! We’ve been tremendously touched by all this beautiful benevolence. To date we’ve raised $12,000 which unfortunately is $3,000 shy of our target, so our library shut its doors this afternoon. For now. We’ll continue with our outreach, striving to re-open the library by mid to late next week. Please, stay tuned and we promise to keep you updated. And continue to tweet, email and shout us from the rooftops – Save our Library!