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Gunter 5th graders load books into the new Little Free Library. (KTEN) Gunter 5th graders load books into the new Little Free Library. (KTEN)
Gunter 5th graders raised money to purchase books for the city's new Little Free Library. (KTEN) Gunter 5th graders raised money to purchase books for the city's new Little Free Library. (KTEN)
The Little Free Library in Gunter is open around the clock. (KTEN) The Little Free Library in Gunter is open around the clock. (KTEN)

GUNTER, Texas -- Adults are always trying to instill good values in our children.

A fifth-grade teacher in Gunter started a project that does just that with a service project that was a year in the making.

"I feel like we're changing the community," said student Ally Dodd. "It feels really good to be able to help people."

There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Hometown Mercantile Thursday for Gunter's new Little Free Library.

"It helps give kids easier access to reading, especially if they can't afford it and it just helps the community, Ally said.

The project started after students saw a need in the Gunter.

"We have a great community library here, but the hours that it can be open are pretty limited," fifth-grade reading teacher Jeannie Schroeter said.

Patrons of the Little Free Library don't need a card; anyone can can take a book for free from the blue wooden box... or they can leave one for others to enjoy.

The students worked together throughout the school year to to make this a reality. The first step was securing a location.

"Everything that you purchase from our store gives back... whether it gives back to the local community or it gives back to various charities worldwide," said Lisa Marks, owner of Hometown Mercantile.

That giving spirit is what made the shop the perfect spot for the project.

"They had several statistics; they did a whole presentation to us, and pitched it to us, really, and said, 'We would love your support if you'd be willing to sponsor it,' so we were 100 percent on board," Marks said.

Next, the students had to find a way to pay for the books that were part of the library's initial inventory. They raised $1,300 at a read-a-thon, enough to buy more than 400 books.

The Little Free Library is located at 100 East Pecan Street in Gunter.

There are dozens of other Little Free Library locations across Texoma.

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