The Manitoba family donates more than 500 books to rebuild the school library

A family in Manitoba makes sure that students at a school in Winnipeg damaged by a fire get books to read when the library is rebuilt.

Kristen Kasprick and her 10-year-old son Noah recently collected and donated 542 books collected from residents of Oakbank, Man. to Westview School in Winnipeg, who was recently injured in a fire.

“I was really upset about the fire at school, so I really wanted to make their days happy and stuff like that,” Noah said.

Noah, who attended Westview School for two years, made a video to help promote the need for books, which were posted on several social media sites.

Kristen said she expected between 50 and 60 books to be donated.

They ended up collecting eight boxes and two bags filled with books.

“I was really overwhelmed,” she said.

Kristen’s children both attended Westview School in previous years before moving to Oakbank, and she said it was important to help her former community

“We still have a lot of friends in Transcona, and (Noah) only went there for two years, but his brother is 16,” she said. “I knew the community well, I knew the teachers and principals very well, and we really wanted to help.”

Noah said he was proud to be able to donate books to the library.

“It makes me happy that kids can read more books,” he said. “It makes me happy because all the teachers are happy and they do not have to spend a lot of money on things.”

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