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School book drive nearly halfway to goal

When Wadena-Deer Creek's high school library put out a call to raise money to purchase new books after many of the old ones were destroyed in a tornado, people responded.

"It's going really well," said Loni Niles, the district's school librarian.

Niles reported Thursday that the drive is almost halfway to its $10,000 fundraising goal. To date, Niles said, $4,800 has been raised.

For approximately every $15 donated, the library can purchase a new book that is ready to be shelved and checked out by students. Most importantly, 100 percent of every donation will be spent on books for the library.

To participate, donors may go to, and then log in to Wadena-Deer Creek High School's personal fundraising page with the code 2e65. From there they can donate via credit card or electronic check. For those without computer access or a credit card, the library will accept checks made out to "Funds4Books" and mailed to WDC High School, 215 Colfax Ave SW, Wadena, MN 56482.

Mackin Educational Resources, in Burnsville, Minn., created the new fundraising program in response to nationwide school budget cuts and a struggling economy. Mackin works with librarians to analyze their inventory and determine what additional books should be purchased to effectively meet the unique needs of the school's students and faculty.