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Published: Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
By: Mason City Schools
Mason Middle School eighth grader Joseph Washington was looking for an Eagle Scout Project that would impact his community in a big way. And, at the same time, beloved retired Mason teacher Gayle Ertel was looking for a way to preserve the legacy of Mason Heights and Western Row Elementary Schools.
Together, Washington and Ertel’s dreams came true when they opened Little Library #1 on Nov. 10 at the corner of Tylersville Road and Foxfield Drive.
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Little Library No. 1 is dedicated to “The teachers of Mason Heights and Western Row who taught our community to read. (1960-2019)”
The community shared the excitement and appreciation on Mason City Schools’ Facebook page:
“How wonderful!! A lovely tribute to the amazing teachers our boys had at both schools. Thank you so much!! Keep reading!!” shared Bridgette Hutson.
“A gift that will keep on giving! Glad I was a part of that wonderful community and able to inspire young readers,” added Sally Caporale.
“He’s a great young man! It does not surprise me at all that he would be part of something like this!” shared Melissa Lohman in reference to Washington.