Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Jennifer Stocks Library to Fulfil Husband's Dream

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Jennifer Stocks Library to Fulfil Husband's Dream

Article excerpt

JENNIFER McDaniel took the holiday to Fiji her late husband always wanted.

He died of a heart attack before he could fulfil his dream vacation but when Jennifer (pictured left) finally made the trip in February last year, it changed her life forever.

The resident of Omaha in the United States signed up to spend a day working on the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort community tourism project to build a larger, more modern kindergarten at Conua District School.

The holiday lifted her spirits and touched her soul and she fell in love with the kindness shown to her and the friendliness of the Fijian people.

She toured the school and was shown the tiny, ill-equipped library.

"It reminded me of Jonathan," Jennifer said.

"He loved to read. He'd go to the library each week and take out books."

So she set about finding books to suit children from kindy to Year 8 to fill the shelves, as well as useful community needs and a resource section for teachers - "a place to come to learn and live through books" as she told the invited guests at the kindy and library opening on November 26. …

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