South Sound Reading Foundation's book van broke into, vandalized

lpemberton@theolympian.comFebruary 11, 2014 

Phaelan Leonard (right) picks out a books from manager Kinzey Jones and the South Sound Reading Foundation's free book van at Salmon Shores mobile park at Black Lake on Friday, July 09, 2009. (Tony Overman/The Olympian)

TONY OVERMAN — Staff photographer

Lacey Police are investigating a break-in and vandalism at North Thurston Public Schools’ bus barn on Carpenter Road.

One of the targets: South Sound Reading Foundation’s book van.

“For some reason took the frustration out on our van,” said Reading Foundation director Jennifer Williamson-Forster.

The van’s passenger side window and a rear view mirror were broken, and are believed to have been pummeled possibly with a plastic bat, she said. It occurred sometime over the weekend, most likely on Saturday night, she added. 

No books were removed from the foundation's van, but a GPS unit and some cash were taken, Williamson-Foster said. Officials estimate damage to the van at about $500.

The van is the nonprofit's main source of transportation, and is used to deliver free books to children in after school programs, low income housing units and storytime events. 

“It’s just frustrating because whatever it’s going to cost, it takes it out of our programming, so if it’s $500 it’s 500 books we aren’t going to be able to give away,” Williamson-Forster said.

Several school buses were broken into and vandalized, as well, according to North Thurston Public Schools spokeswoman Courtney Schrieve. 


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