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Parents Club fundraiser garners over $40,000 for library renovation

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Library media specialist Amanda Pata presents to freshmen in the library. The library has not had any major renovations since the school was originally built.

Library media specialist Amanda Pata presents to freshmen in the library. The library has not had any major renovations since the school was originally built.

Photo credit: Rachel Malinowski

Photo credit: Rachel Malinowski

Library media specialist Amanda Pata presents to freshmen in the library. The library has not had any major renovations since the school was originally built.

By Elizabeth Ballinger and Syeda Rizvi

Since 1968, the school’s library has not undergone any major updates. The Parents Club took action.

To help raise money to renovate its interior, the club held The Norsemen Auction on Saturday, Feb. 11. The student-exclusive event was held in hopes of raising money to make the library a more welcoming and useful resource.

The auction included a variety of activities and prizes, such as tickets to see Broadway’s “Hamilton,” graduation seats, ACT and SAT tutoring, a sunset cruise and many other activities.

Although the event was for parents only, various classes pitched in to help with fundraising. Freshman Mackenzie Stockwells’ Honors Hybrid Biology class helped by spreading awareness for the auction.

“A lot of the times, the library is one of the last places to get remodeled,” Stockwell said. “It’s nice to see that we are able to remodel it, and it isn’t overlooked. (The auction) will bring more technology, books and overall modernize the whole place making it more beneficial for students and teachers.”

More than 250 adults attended the auction, and about $40,000 was raised in total.

The money will be used for furniture to help make the library a more comfortable spot for students to work. Library assistant Renee Borowicz was happy that the auction was able to happen, and hopes that the new furniture will ease student’s difficulties in moving around.

“(The funds will) help students, whereas they will be more comfortable with easier groupings and chairs. These chairs are a little bit heavy for the kids, and what usually happens is that they’re always toppling over when they stand up,” Borowicz said. “They can move around and be more flexible.”

Librarian Amanda Pata was pleased with the auctions results and the support she received from the community.

“The North staff also came through with tons of items for auction, promotional videos and volunteered time,” she said via email.“The number of parents that donated items, money, and time was really amazing.  Our North parents are the best.”  

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