Cub Scouts, students donate 1,900 books to flooded school

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – Denham Springs Elementary School took a hard hit from the flooding in August, but they got a big boost from some pint-sized helpers Monday.

The Cub Scouts Pack 103 of St. Jude the Apostle School know that a good book can transport you into another world of curious animals, galaxies far, far away or unlikely heroes. They can also help rebuild what’s been lost.

Denham Springs Elementary School lost nearly all it supplies in the historic August flooding, including their library. The scouts at St. Jude, along with their classmates, decided to help Denham Springs Elementary restock with a book drive.

“It’s amazing to see them come this direction and want to help other students and other children that they don’t even know. It’s just priceless,” said St. Jude Principal Tina Schexnaydre.

Nearly 2,000 books and $450 were donated to Denham Springs Elementary.

Denham Springs Elementary students are currently split up among three campuses while flood recovery continues. Denham Springs Elementary principal Gail Delee said it has been a challenge for staff and students, many of whom are still displaced from their homes.

Delee said she has one student who travels each day from McComb, Mississippi, nearly an hour and half away. She said any little bit towards recovery helps.

“It just means a lot that students at that age recognize the needs of other students,” Delee said.

The principal says the school will be in a new, consolidated temporary location by January which will include a new library.

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