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Kiwanis, Love Our Schools donate books to J.W. Faulk Elementary

Posted at 5:55 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 19:49:56-04

The spirit of Acadiana was at J.W. Faulk today. You've heard the saying "it takes a village" - well, the village came together to help the school, the students, and the teachers in a big way.

Tom Long and Brett Bayard of the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette were on hand to deliver 765 books to the school's library. Long explains how the project came about.

"Well, it happened in partnership with Love Our Schools. We wanted to get involved with the project, we donated our time here on the work day, but we also wanted to know, what did the school need?" Long said. "We wanted to give a gift beyond the workday. And one of the things that was obvious to us was the library. We donated $10,000 which bought 765 books. We couldn't be prouder."

Bayard said every student at the school participated in a thank you to the Kiwanis.

"Every grade did give us a thank you," he said. "All the kids signed it, it's awesome."

Viola Smith is the librarian at Faulk. We asked what it means to the faulty to see what the community thinks of their school and their students.

"Well, it brought tears to my principal and I when we first heard about it, it's such a great blessing and the students are dying to get their hands on these books," she said.

Ryan Domengeaux, CEO of Love our Schools, said it's great to see things happening in local schools.

"It's amazing," he said. "Love Our Schools is interested in changing lives through the community, and this is an example of how that is beginning to happen and will continue."