A Cambridge, Mass., elementary school librarian said in a blog post that her school will not be keeping a collection of books from Melania Trump, though the school later denied her rejection of the gift.
Earlier this month, Melania sent out collections of 10 Dr. Seuss books to one school in each state to mark National Read a Book Day.
In a letter published on the Horn Book’s Family Reading blog, Cambridgeport Elementary School librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro said that her school wasn’t in need of the books, which included famous titles such as “The Cat in the Hat.”
“I work in a district that has plenty of resources, which contributes directly to ‘excellence,’” she wrote. “My students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in library science.”
Instead, she wrote, the White House should worry more about providing support to schools that are underfunded and subject to government neglect.
“Why not go out of your way to gift books to underfunded and underprivileged communities that continue to be marginalized and maligned by policies put in place by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos?” she wrote.
According to CBS Boston, Cambridge Public Schools said in a statement that Phipps Soeiro “was not authorized to accept or reject donated books on behalf of the school or school district,” and counseled her on a policy against using public resources for political purposes.
But Phipps Soeiro said the books were “a bit of a cliche, a tired and worn ambassador for children’s literature.”
The city of Cambridge isn’t exactly friendly to the Trump administration. The Cambridge City Council voted overwhelmingly in April on a resolution calling on Congress to begin an impeachment investigation into President Trump. City officials allege that Trump has violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which bars presidents from accepting gifts or other benefits from foreign governments.
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