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Rexins Donate Dozen of Books
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By Erin Burke
October 2010

Do you like to read?  Then you should visit the 5th and 6th grade classroom! 

Our class has recently been blessed by a donation made by Mr. and Mrs. Rexin and their youngest son Jonah, a second grader here at Midland. The gift was made in memory of their other son, Noah. Noah was born with heart problems, and he passed away when he was almost two years old.  He would have been in the sixth grade class this year if he had lived. Every year, his parents give a gift to the Midland teacher who would have had Noah in their classroom. 

For the gift, the teacher chooses something for the classroom, and Mr. Perry chose some new and exciting books! They fill a shelf at the back of our classroom. Mr. Perry had us all sign a card to thank the Rexins for the books; we really appreciate that they did this for us. 

Mrs. Rexin said, “Our family was very happy to provide the 5th and 6th grade class with money for books in Noah’s memory. Noah loved books and even enjoyed one so much that he ate it.  Both of our boys love books.”  

Well, this classroom loves books, too, but we don’t like them quite enough to eat them! We are very thankful for the gift as we needed some fresh literature in the classroom. Some of the books that are most interesting to me are Ben and Me and The Midwife’s Apprentice. Ben and Me is a very funny book about how Benjamin Franklin wasn’t really too smart, but was helped by a very smart mouse named Amos. The Midwife’s Apprentice is about a medieval girl who starts out as a beggar, but earns respect and her keep as a midwife’s apprentice. 

These are just a few of the dozens of titles on the Noah Rexin Memorial shelf.  When you find yourself reading those books, think of the kindness of the Rexins in giving us this gift.