After Pipe Burst, Peirce Fifth Graders Rally to Replace Hundreds of Library Books

See how you can help.

When Peirce fifth grader Louisa Baldwin and her classmates went to the library Monday, it was still in disarray.

A weekend pipe burst had destroyed hundreds of books – 343 in all – and ceiling tiles were missing.

Louisa, an avid reader who said she loves The Sisters Grimm, Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Harry Potter books, said she and her classmates wanted to do something to help their librarian Jane Torregrossa, aka “Mrs. T,” and their school.

“This is our last year at Peirce,” she said Friday, “and we wanted the kids who come here after to have a nice library and school.”

Louisa and her friends – Megan Anderson, Eleanor Freed, Cora Gasche, Anyeliz Germosen and Cheryl Kohl – decided to start a book drive. They started by making posters during indoor recess (pictured above) – soon, their classmates jumped in to help.

As of Friday, the three milk bins the girls put outside the library to collect donated book were already full – three times over.

“It makes me feel very happy that I’m helping the library and so are my friends,” said Louisa, who has Heather Dooley and Maureen Montgomery as teachers. “Our teachers know about it and told us they’re proud, so that feels good too.”

The Bishop School has also donated $100 of its Book Rack credits to Peirce. Most of the water damage was limited to the library, although other areas of the school were affected.

How You Can Help

Donate books:

  • Check the list of lost books and sign up to replace one or more of them.
  • Donate age-appropriate books that are not on the list (if Mrs. T cannot use them, they can be brought to the Book Rack for credit).
  • Books can be dropped off during school hours at the main entrance on Blossom Street (Thursdays and Fridays are the easiest days for Mrs. T to sort through donations). Peirce families can also place books in one of the donation boxes around the school.

Book Rack credits:

  • Go to the Book Rack or call them at 781-646-2665 and buy a gift certificate for the Peirce Library or, if you have credits there, donate some of them to the Peirce Library account.

Monetary donation:

  • Write a check, payable to Peirce PTO and indicating that it’s for the book fund, and send it to Peirce Elementary School, c/o Library: Mrs. T, 85 Park Ave. Ext., Arlington, MA 02474.
John January 11, 2014 at 02:31 PM
Can we have the rest of the story? Why are water pipes bursting in a 12 year old school? Is the damage/loss not covered by insurance?
Wind Dummy 25 January 11, 2014 at 02:47 PM
Sorry John need to know only. Global fooling err cooling.
Mark Kaepplein January 12, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Besides Global Cooling, its substandard, poorly supervised, poorly inspected construction also affecting the Public Safety building. The old Thompson school was so bad, a complete tear down and re-build was the solution.
Wind Dummy 25 January 12, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Its the typical Atown school rehab fix basics cha -cha set up. Just enough to claim over budgets. Then someone presents a cool plan. It stinks as a plan, but everyone thinks their plan is best.
Zoltan January 13, 2014 at 07:59 AM
Were custodians also on Winter Break or do they not realize that water valves need to be allowed to trickle slightly in order to prevent water pipes from freezing during prolonged periods of frigid weather?


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