Family donates more than 300 books in honor of late Jean Taylor

Family donates more than 300 books in honor of late Jean Taylor
Posted on 10/02/2017
Family donates more than 300 books in honor of late Jean TaylorDARLINGTON, S.C. – The family of the late Jean Taylor, longtime principal of St. John’s Elementary School, recently donated more than 300 books to the school in her honor.

The family purchased the books using funds donated by friends, family and community members.

Teachers and administrators from the Darlington County School District met at the district’s office to accept the books. Kristen Nicholson, Taylor’s daughter and a teacher in the Darlington County School District, spoke briefly after the donation. She said it was her mother’s desire to increase the personal libraries of teachers at her school.

“Many donated from Darlington County, and we received donations from friends and colleagues up and down the eastern seaboard,” Nicholson later wrote about the project. “It was amazing the movement that supported this vision. (My mother’s) 45 years as an educator only spanned two schools - 43 years were dedicated to St. John's Elementary. Her life's mission was to make a difference in the lives of students just like her, those fortunate enough to be born in this county. The memorial is her final tangible contribution to her students and teachers, but the tradition of education she instilled in three generations of St. John’s Elementary students and parents will live on as a lasting tribute to her vision.”

Nicholson said employees from Booksource, the company that supplied the books, also donated six of their favorite books in honor of the project.

The teachers who attended the event returned to the school each with a large basket of books for their classrooms.