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Found: 8700 Healthy Holly books in a school warehouse

One possible title for the next in the series: “Healthy Holly: Sitting in a Warehouse is no Fun!”

While school officials say they still have no documentation on the 100,000 copies of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s self-published children’s books that were reportedly donated to the school system, there was some late-breaking news on the Healthy Holly front:

“We can confirm that approximately 8,700 copies of ‘Healthy Holly: Fruits Come in Colors Like the Rainbow’ are currently located in a district warehouse,” Anne Fullerton, a spokesperson for City Schools, said this afternoon.

As previously reported, the University of Maryland Medical System, where Pugh sat until today as a board member, has acknowledged paying for $500,000 worth of the books because of their “uniqueness” and to “support a healthy lifestyle for Baltimore’s schoolchildren.”

In addition to “Healthy Holly: Fruits Come in Colors Like the Rainbow,” the other books by the mayor are titled: “Healthy Holly: Exercising is Fun!”, “Healthy Holly: Not all Vegetables are Green” and “Healthy Holly: A Healthy Start for Herbie.”

UMMS payments to Pugh were funneled through an LLC registered to her campaign treasurer (3/15/19)

Catherine Pugh’s connections to UMMS – long and lucrative (3/18/19)
School officials told The Brew they could only recall a donation about five years ago and had no documentation of any book donations. They reiterated that message in a statement today:

“According to recollections of staff members, between 2011 and 2013 City Schools received an unsolicited shipment of books by then-state Senator Catherine Pugh for distribution to students,” Fullerton wrote.

“We have been unable to locate documentation related to this shipment, given the number of years that have passed,” she said.

“As such, we cannot confirm the source, how many books were

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