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Tornado-Struck School Gets Aid From a Sept. 11 Victim's Spouse

June 18, 2002

Since Sept. 11, when his wife Shelley died at the Pentagon, Donn Marshall has received an outpouring of support from his Marbury community.

On Tuesday, though, Marshall found himself on the giving end. On behalf of the foundation named for his late wife, he donated about 100 books to Archbishop Neale Elementary School, which was ravaged by the April 28 tornado.

"All these people who I didn't know helped me after September 11th from Charles County," Marshall said. "I could give something back."

Marshall works for the Defense Department, as did his late wife. The couple's two children, who were at a Pentagon day-care center on Sept. 11, survived the attack.

One of the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation's endeavors -- a story reading held at Barnes and Noble in Reston -- led to Marshall's effort to help Archbishop Neale. The stories being read at that event were entries from the first annual Shelley A. Marshall Creative Writing Contest at her alma mater, Oakton High School.

Before the reading, Marshall decided to ask participants to donate a book for Archbishop Neale. He also asked the store to match each one donated -- and it agreed.

"I thought there ought to be something that we can do," he said. "I wanted to give something that had meaning."

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