Books bought thanks to donation to school media center

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published February 1, 2019

 Dennis Bostick, owner/president of Universal Shopping Center in Warren, middle row, second from right, donated $3,000 to the Cromie Elementary School media center Jan. 25.

Dennis Bostick, owner/president of Universal Shopping Center in Warren, middle row, second from right, donated $3,000 to the Cromie Elementary School media center Jan. 25.

Photo by Maria Allard

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WARREN — Dennis Bostick, owner/president of Universal Shopping Center in Warren, is always looking for ways to give back to the community.

He did just that when he, his son Dennis Bostick Jr. and his daughter Kristin Bostick visited Cromie Elementary School Jan. 25 to donate $3,000 to the media center.

“We’re very pleased to present you with this $3,000 check,” Bostick said. “We like to be part of the community and like to help out whenever we can.”

With the donation, media specialist Jamie Fletcher will be able to purchase more than 200 books for the school’s library. Cromie is part of Warren Consolidated Schools.

The Bosticks presented the monetary gift during a broadcast of the Cromie Cougar News, or CCN, which several fifth-grade students recorded when visiting the class of transitional kindergarten teacher Katie Drilich. During the broadcast, the Bosticks were presented with a framed picture the Drilich’s students made as a thank-you.

“They have donated a tremendous gift to the Cromie family. We want to express our thanks and gratitude,” Principal Jack Stanton said. “It will have a great impact on our school for years and years to come.”

The reading materials already have been ordered from the Follett Corp., a Westchester, Illinois, company that specializes in many areas, including pre-K-12 books, technology, higher education and professional services.

“I’ve already put together a list of books,” Fletcher said. “We will be able to get our books this year.”

The donation will allow Fletcher to order books for all students, including those who might be struggling with reading and students who are learning the English language. The school will receive a variety of books, including those by Dan Pilkey, an author who Fletcher said is very popular right now. Another book series Fletcher ordered was that of “Clifford the Big Red Dog.”

“Clifford never goes out of style,” Fletcher said.

Media is one of the specials at the school. The Cromie students have media once a week for 40 minutes, where they can check out books, among other activities.

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