The Kids At Valley West Elementary Finally Recover From Ike
Photo by Chris Vogel
Like a drunk wandering a pub that has run out of beer, so fourth-grader Andrew Jok roams his school's library looking for interesting books to read. He devours nearly a dozen books a month, you see, and he needs his fix. Jok's problem, however, along with the rest of the students at Valley West Elementary, is that Hurricane Ike left the library in ruins, destroying hundreds of books and leaving the shelves half naked.
Well, students, worry no more. Today Devon Energy came to the rescue, donating more than 250 books, or $3,000 worth, to the school.
"I really liked some of the old books that were here," says Jok. "But now we have the new ones and I like them too. I'm very excited."
Valley West librarian Gretchen Silva says the rains from Ike penetrated the roof, dousing the carpet and books with water. The non-fiction section really took it on the chin, she says. Ike all but wiped out the selection on mammals, health, music and sports.
Battle of the Piney Woods: SFA vs. SHSU
TicketsSat., Oct. 1, 3:00pm
University of Houston Cougars Football vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Football
TicketsSat., Oct. 15, 11:00am
Rice University Owls Football vs. UTSA Roadrunners Football
TicketsSat., Oct. 15, 6:00pm
Rice University Owls Football vs. Prairie View A&M University Football
TicketsSat., Oct. 22, 2:30pm
During today's celebration at the library, pre-K students gathered at the feet of Tony Vaughn, a VP at Devon, as he read to them aloud the tale of that big red dog, Clifford, in Clifford Goes to Dog School. At the end of the story, as slices of cake were being passed around, each student was given their own copy of the book.
"I'm so grateful," one of the students said.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.