Donations pour in to help teacher rebuild library after classroom flood

An Albuquerque teacher says she felt helpless after hundreds of books she bought with her own money were destroyed. 

It happened when a burst pipe flooded her classroom. Now there’s a community effort to help her rebuild her library. 

Lisa Troxel says her heart broke when she saw all the damage a small flood caused, especially after learning the district wouldn’t be helping her replace any of those books.

Lisa Troxel has been teaching kindergarten for nearly 10 years. Over those years she’s purchased hundreds of books for her students to enjoy. 

“You can’t have kindergarten without books, it wouldn’t work at all,” said Lisa Troxel, a kindergarten teacher at Monte Vista Elementary School. 

A few weeks ago, her classroom library was destroyed when a pipe burst. 

“I had no idea how I was going to replace all those books,” she said.

Adding to the heartache, Troxel says she was told by APS that the district would not replace any of those books because they were not APS property. 

APS wouldn’t confirm if that’s true, and only said it’s not sure whether Lisa filed a claim with risk management. The district also noted the student’s still have their textbooks. 

Parents at the school say textbooks aren’t enough. 

“To give just text books is a slap in the face,” said one parent while picking up her son from school. 

A few of Lisa’s friends created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for her to rebuild her collection. Within nine days, donors have helped raise more than $2,000. 

“It tells me that the community really cares about the kids,” said Lisa. 

Lisa says she’s already gotten nearly 100 new books to start her library over again. She says she’s also received books from teachers across the country who learned about the flood on Facebook. 

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