The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries recently announced that 238 school libraries have been awarded $1,126,315 in grants for 2012.
The schools received grants of up to $5,000 to expand, update and diversify their library book collections. Burks Elementary, Finch Elementary and Lawson Early Childhood Center in McKinney ISD were among the $5,000 grant recipients.
The generous grants provide an opportunity for these three McKinney ISD campuses to expand their libraries’ eBook catalogs, according to a press release. Through the use of available iPad and iPod Touch devices, students can access eBook selections both at home and at school. It is hoped that more available titles will lead to increased library traffic and student engagement among those not currently reading.
In addition to eBooks, the purchase of Audio Books will provide a powerful and engaging support tool for students, particularly English learners and students with dyslexia. A hard or digital copy of the text combined with an Audio Book version can have a significant, positive impact on student attitudes and success toward reading.
Furthermore, the grants will help Burks Elementary, Finch Elementary and Lawson Early Childhood Center update their hard-copy nonfiction sections. Old, out-of-date nonfiction books are of little use to teachers. They rarely engage the student and do little to increase a student’s love of reading, the press release says. The purchase of new, relevant nonfiction books puts another vital tool in the hands of the teacher.
Partnering this year with the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries was Target Corporation. Through programs like Take Charge of Education and Target School Library Makeovers, Target donates a significant portion of their giving towards educational causes with a focus on helping students achieve reading proficiency, the press release says.
The Target Corporation is committed to playing an active role in supporting education, with special emphasis on early childhood reading. Through their generous support this year, ten additional grants were awarded to deserving schools throughout the nation.
The grant application process is administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region with guidance from The Laura Bush Foundation’s Advisory Committee. The grants are funded through generous donations to the endowment from individuals, corporations and foundations.
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries was founded in 2002 as a fund of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.
Since its inception, the Laura Bush Foundation has awarded more than $9.5 million to schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands.
In addition to these yearly grants, the Foundation has also awarded more than $6.3 million to school libraries in the Gulf Coast region to rebuild their library book collections that were lost or destroyed by hurricanes or storms.
The mission of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is to support the education of our nation’s children by providing funds to update, extend and diversify the book and print collections of America’s school libraries. Further information is available at www.laurabushfoundation.org
About the author: Shane Mauldin is an MISD Communications Specialist. Portions of this information were provided by the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.