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High school library appreciates community support

June 6, 2010
Weirton Daily Times

To the Editor,

I would like to extend a special thanks for Mrs. Mahoney and Weir High School student council that shared the project to help replace books lost by water damage in the school library. Their project created a great impact.

After the story hit the front page of The Weirton Daily Times in March, the project received additional donations. I began receiving calls from friends, neighbors expressing their desire to help. Mary Ola Taflan, a Weir High graduate from the class of 1958, a prior employee, took it upon herself to also help the library. She contacted WHS alumni with copies of the story and a letter expressing the importance of reading for the youth of today. She encouraged alumni to make monetary donations to help purchase new books. Her idea was a great success.

It is amazing how much support this community and alumni show when there is a need. Her efforts raised over $1,000. Thank you again Mary Ola for caring and reaching out.

Thanks to the following loyal Weir High alumni who were generous and made donations: Karen Viakley, Mary Lou Mckinley, Donald Miller, Paul and Pauline Meredith, Gail VanHorn, Dr. John Karnoupakis, Carl Hamill, Gus and Aggie Monezis, Rosalie Coxen, Alex Fiedorczyk, John Sekersky, Katherine Wielgus, Vincent and Kathleen Monseau, Wavalene Barry, William and Gretchen Starner, Jo Lynne Murchland, Ron and Mary Ola Taflan, Weir High School Class of 1958, Diana and Richard Kuninger, Lillian Zellar and Eddie Wells.

Additional thanks to Marie Fazzalare, Debi Mahoney, Mary Lou James, Chuch and Cathy Rucker, Cindy Jividen, Tom Taylor, Dee Bailey, Deb Covey for also making donations.

Thanks to anyone and everyone who donated and helped the library. It is wonderful to know that people support reading and books and feel libraries are still as important as the Internet.

Connie Davies

Weir High librarian

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