Kenbrook mom’s mural honors book drive donors

After a highly successful book collection drive for the Kenbrook Elementary School library, parent Molly McNeece is creating a special work of art to honor donor families.

Molly McNeece
Molly McNeece, Kenbrook Elementary School parent, works on a mural near the media center that will recognize donors to the school’s media center. (contributed photo)

Through the Kenbrook PTA’s Book Giving Program, families donated more than 50 brand new titles, including The Princess in Black series; Diary of a Wimpy Kid series; Elephant and Piggy books; The Gingerbread BabyThe Gingerbread CowboyThe Day the Crayons Came Home, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Secret Zoo, Year in Sports 2016, and more.

“We are happy to say that students are checking out these books at a rapid rate,” said principal Melissa Wiercinski. “We are so excited to be able to offer new books in our library.”

When the Book Giving Committee decided to add donor names to a mural on a wall leading into the media center, McNeece, who teaches art at the Southfield Regional Academic Campus Southfield’s Alternative High School, volunteered to create it. In addition, she’s donating copies of her second children’s book, Joshua and Jasmine Go to Kindergarten, to all of Kenbrook’s 2016-17 kindergarten students.

“Students, staff and families have loved seeing the mural grow, and it adds such a personal touch to our hallway,” added Wiercinski.

Learn more about McNeece’s art at

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