The National Spelling Champ of 1967, Jennifer Reinke, has made a generous donation for a new library in her hometown of Deshler.
Reinke’s donation was conditional on some matching funds, which the Library Board has now raised.
She also provided an upkeep and maintenance fund to ensure the Library is kept up well into the future.
Reinke now resides in Hebron and works as a secretary for the company her dad founded: Reinke Manufacturing Company, Inc. of Deshler.
The spelling champ wanted to donate and give something back to the town, and what is more fitting for a speller than a building full of words?
The construction schedule is set to have the library completed for the 50th anniversary of her win, and maybe even for her mother’s 90th birthday in December.
The Deshler Public Library Foundation fundraising group will have a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday, May 12, at 5:30 p.m.
The event will take place at the new library construction site on 3rd and Pearl Streets in Deshler.
The public is invited.
Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-May.
The contracted completion date is the end of January 2016.
The building was designed by JEO and will be built by Lacey Construction.