When I moved to a small, suburban retirement community near the Mexican border I had no idea that I would be working as a full time volunteer dedicated to assuring that every child sees themselves in books in their classrooms. I have always been a passionate proponent of reading and children and it seems crazy to think that such a wealthy country can't furnish fully stocked, current libraries in every classroom. So I will be recruiting Catchafire volunteers to help Books for Classrooms raise money to support filling classroom libraries with books about diversity, social justice, peace and conflict resolution Please visit to learn more about how you can help.

My background is in city planning and historic preservation. My hobbies are vintage quilting and writing books about the history of Kansas grain elevators. I enjoy cooking and gardening and tolerate a resident cat and dog.

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