Elementary School Student Raises over $ 100 for New Class Library Books

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By C. Jayden Smith

A San Clemente elementary school student recently took it upon himself to start a fundraiser to add new books for his class library, and greatly helped his teacher in the process.

Connor Brown is in Kira Nemeth’s fourth-grade class at Truman Benedict Elementary School. Nemeth took over the class full-time in January, replacing a retiring teacher, after she had been student teaching there for the first half of the 2021-2022 school year.

“It was honestly a really easy transition,” Nemeth said, although noting the class was sad to see its former teacher leave. “The students are a great group of kids, and so they received me with open arms.”

While cleaning the class library with a friend, Connor noted the books on the shelves were old and in tatters, and thought it would be a good idea to replace them.

He figured that he could help his new teacher and take some of the load off her plate of responsibilities.

C. Jayden Smith graduated from Dana Hills High in 2018 before pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in digital and broadcast journalism from the University of North Texas. After graduating in December 2020, he reported for the Salina Journal in Salina, Kansas. Jayden loves college football and bothering his black lab named Shadow.

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