Teacher’s free books campaign ‘spread like wildfire’

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The Chippewa Herald: When Hillcrest Elementary teacher Marcie Lindbom asked her friends and family if they’d be interested in sponsoring a child from her fourth-grade class by donating money for books, she didn’t expect a flood of interest.

But that’s what Lindbom got – and more.

Last week, she posted on Facebook asking people to consider donating $9 for a child in her class to receive one free book per month for the entire school year.

“Within a couple hours, I had my whole classroom sponsored, with extra,” Lindbom said.

Other Hillcrest teachers were surprised by the overflow of generosity, and ran with the idea, Hillcrest principal Leslie Lancette said.

“At Hillcrest, five of my teachers that I have seen that are doing it,” Lancette said.

It’s an idea that is delighting teachers across Wisconsin. Lancette and Lindbom say the trend has taken over their friendly social media network of teachers, from Rib Lake to Stevens Point to the eastern side of the state.

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