The principal of the E.H. Slaybaugh Primary and Elementary School in Egg Harbor Township camped out in the cold Wednesday night to boost book donations for a school library book drive.

“I think it’s one of the coldest nights of the year so far,” said Principal Maryann Giardina. “I’ve got the tent up, an air mattress and a tiny heater — though I’m not sure how far it’s going to take me — and definitely some hot chocolate and friends.”

Giardina said the purpose of the camp site was to collect the final 500 books necessary to reach a 2,500 goal. The books will be used to supply learning stations in the school and a program in which students are sent home with books to read.

“Not everyone has access to a wide range of books,” she said.

— Wallace McKelvey

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