BRACEVILLE – Braceville Grade School recently celebrated the arrival of hundreds of books, thanks to the proceeds from the third annual Norton Cup Golf Tournament.
The school was able to purchase the largest number of new books for the school library in years, according to a news release from the Norton family. The annual golf tournament, held in August, honors Bill and Rosemary Norton and was the idea of Joe Schmitz, president of Operation St. Nick. All the proceeds going to the literacy program operated through St. Nick.
Standard Bank, Nettle Creek Country Club, the Norton family and area golfers raised approximately $8,500 for the literacy initiative, now in its second year.
“Both my mom and dad were big readers and they instilled in us the love of reading,” Nancy Norton Ammer said in the news release. “... Helping all kids in Grundy County, and especially local school libraries is one way our family could share our passion for reading and give back to a community that has been so good to us.”
Carey Jones, librarian at the Braceville Grade School, is in the process of purchasing approximately $4,000 worth of books. Books were bought for all grade levels with the extra money going toward some new bookshelves in the library.
Standard Bank President Kelly Beaty was on hand as the kids dug into the new boxes of books.
The remaining funds will be used for a program called a “Book on the Bed,” where the children that St. Nick helps at Christmas will receive a book.