Parents crowd-fund effort to pay for school librarian

In Goodyear, an elementary school is fighting to keep a member of its staff after facing some massive budget cuts. And parents think they have found a solution.

"I think the parents have reached a point where they've said enough is enough, that they will do whatever it takes to maintain the quality of the schools and education their kids receive," said Superintendent Dr. Andrew Rogers.

"Schools are going through a really difficult time right now, and we have to be innovative in how we fund different things, and this one thing we're not willing to let go," said Michelle Bove.

The Liberty Elementary School District says it is losing around $600,000 in funding; more specifically Estrella Mountain Elementary School is losing it's librarian.

"When we shared this info with parents and staff, they asked what they could do about this," said Rogers.    

So they started a GoFundMe account to raise money to keep Lara Morris, the school's librarian and media specialist.

"I'm honored that they think so much of me and feel that I'm such a vital importance to the school and that it's worth fighting to try and keep my job," said Lara Morris.

"In the past we have tried to have volunteers in here, and it's not the same thing. We don't have that person that cares about every students education, who puts the books in their hands," said Principal Sharon Marine.

As of Wednesday, the school has raised just over $1,500 but is hoping to pull in close to $20,000 before the end of the school year.

"I would pay $100,000 for her if I could because she is amazing in the time she dedicates to the kids," said Marine.

"We're just asking for everybody to chip in on this," said Bove.

Morris said she has mixed emotions about asking people to contribute, but she is flattered.

"It makes me feel loved, and that's nice because I do try to give my most, my best, every day when I come in," said Morris. 

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