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Nola Sprester (left) and Kendra Lauersdorf present a donation collected fro a book drive to Oconomowoc Police Department Officer Pat Hogan. The book drive collected $170 for the department. (Photo: Submitted)

Cleaning out some old books from her room led to a small but noteworthy donation to the Oconomowoc Police Department from an Oconomowoc girl.

Nola Sprester, 9, held a book drive and collected $170 in monetary donations, which she gave to the police.

The idea came while Nola and her mom, Jennifer Laack, were cleaning out Nola’s room and decided to get rid of her old books.

The two of them set up a table outside their home with the books and let people take as many they wanted and donate as much as they wanted.

Laack said some people left money without taking any of the books. Any books left over were donated to Goodwill’s Oconomowoc location. 

After they delivered the money to the police department, Nola and her best friend, Kendra Lauersdorf, got to try out handcuffs and sit in a police car. An officer answered questions about her police uniform.

The girls offered donuts to the officers, but the department had to turn them down because of its policy of not accepting food donations because of the pandemic.

“There’s been so much going on in the world right now. We like our police officers because they keep us safe,” Laack said of the fundraiser.

“They were really happy about it, I think,” said Nola about the officers’ reaction to the donation.

Oconomowoc Police Chief Ron Buerger said the community support for the department has been incredible.

“It was very nice of the girls, their effort with the book sale to raise some money and donate it to the police department. We truly appreciate it,” Buerger said.

Contact Alec Johnson at (262) 875-9469 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @AlecJohnson12.

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