Harper's Bookraiser is a Hit at Horace Mann

Harper's Bookraiser is a Hit at Horace Mann
Posted on 03/11/2020

On the one year anniversary of the tragic loss of BHS student Harper Stantz, her memory was alive and well at her former elementary school, Horace Mann. A 'bookraiser' led by BHS graduate Caroline Turner raised more than 1800 books, which were donated to Mann in Stantz's honor.

The digital ‘bookraiser’ was met with great support from the tight-knit Mann community. People were able to donate books, or money to purchase books. Caroline attended Horace Mann with Harper, and worked with her mom, Liza to bring this idea to fruition.

"Harper was just honestly one of the best people ever. She was super positive, and always just had such a positive impact on others," said Turner, who is now a freshman at Penn State. "So, when we were planning this, we wanted to do something that would positively impact others. It was super special to come back to our elementary school and celebrate her."

On Wednesday, BHS seniors, who were friends and classmates of Stantz, read the books to Horace Mann students, alongside Patty and Marty Stantz. Harper's parents said they knew their daughter was smiling down at the happy scene.

"She would be thrilled. She'd think this was the coolest thing in the world - especially because it's all about her," Patty said with a laugh.

"Just everybody wearing yellow. She'd probably be doing flips," Marty said. "She'd be so excited to see all this attention, generosity and love."

Our hearts go out to the Stantz family today and every day. 

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