School Libraries Start the Emily Woltman Collection

She loved books. She loved reading. And she loved purses. Emily Woltman, a student of Maple Valley, passed away from cancer in 2006, but Emily's sparkle continues to shine with the 'Emily Woltman Collection.' SES Teacher Desiree Benevidas and Librarian Jill Wheeler, with the help of the Woltman family, decided to honor Emily's love for reading with a book fundraiser--Purses for Books. Members of the community donated gently used and new purses to auction. The money that was raised was used to purchase over 300 books to place in the two libraries. In each of the books, a sticker with her name indicates the collection. Another "Purses for Books" fundraiser is being planned for the future which might also expand to jewelry and other accessories.