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Posted on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 1:51 p.m.

Logan Elementary collecting pajamas to benefit area children

By Danielle Arndt

Logan Elementary School in Ann Arbor is attempting to more than double the number of pajamas it collects for local school children this year.

The elementary again has partnered with Scholastic Book Clubs and the Pajama Program in the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive.

The Pajama Program is a nonprofit organization committed to delivering warm sleepwear and books to children in need. Scholastic will give a new book for each pair of pajamas collected.

Logan families and community members have until Wednesday to donate to the cause. Principal Terra Webster said the school collected about 140 sets of PJs in 2010. The school’s goal this year is 350.

Nationwide, Scholastic hopes to amass 125,000 pairs of jammies. As of Monday afternoon, 62,385 had been donated.

Logan Elementary pupils can bring pajamas to school and give them to their teachers. There also is a drop box located at the district’s central office, 2555 S. State Street.

The PJs and books will be handed out to area children, ages newborn to 18, with the help of the SafeHouse Center. In 2010, the Ann Arbor Community Action Network benefited from the pajama drive.

On Friday, Logan pupils will present the PJs to SafeHouse and Scholastic during an assembly at 2:30 p.m.

Following the presentation of donations, Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Patricia Green will read one of her favorite children’s books to the kids.

Pupils and staff members are encouraged to wear their pajamas to school on Friday in support of the effort.

Staff reporter Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at