GREENBRIER — The second annual Greenbrier Bookcase for Every Child project is preparing to distribute forty-two hand-made bookcases to deserving students on April 30. They will also receive a big box of children’s books, some new and some gently used, to fill their bookcase. Books to fill those shelves were all donated by local businesses, churches, and families. It is not too late to donate if you would like to drop off books at any Greenbrier bank.
Brian Ratliff, Toadmaster for Toad Suck Daze Festival, promises a hopping good time as the guest speaker for this special event. Ratliff is Director of Children’s Ministries at Antioch Baptist Church and has a sincere love for children of all ages. He spent several years teaching elementary school and served as principal of Vilonia Primary School.
Five men donated their time to assemble and stain the special gifts for small children. They are Ty Kelso, Billy Jo Abrams, Bob Abrams, Leon Weldon and Keith Via. The oak lumber was purchased from funds raised in 2012 at a special dinner. Each bookcase is approximately 24 inches wide by 11 inches deep by 34 inches high with two shelves designed specifically to accommodate the size of a small child. In addition, each bookcase is personalized with the child’s name engraved on a brass plate donated by Conway Trophy and Awards.
Jim Davidson, author of “Learning, Earning, and Giving Back”, started the Bookcase for Every Child project in 2005 in Conway. He proudly stated it uses no tax money or grants of any kind for funding. He said, “The foundation for success in life is literacy and any community really doing well has a good literacy program.”
The Greenbrier Middle School cafetorium will be the host on Tuesday, April 30 at 6 p.m.