Beech Street Elementary School has received $7,000 from The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries to enhance its media center reading collection. More than $875,000 is being distributed to 131 school libraries across the country this year; Beech Street is the only school in New Hampshire to receive one of the grants.
“No matter what you want to be when you grow up -- a doctor or a lawyer, a senator, an artist, or a teacher -- reading will help you reach your goal," said Laura Bush. "By providing more schools with better reading materials, the Laura Bush Foundation helps students understand more of the world around them, and its limitless possibilities.”
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provides grants to schools so that they can extend, update, and diversify the book and print collections in their libraries with the goal of encouraging students to develop a love of reading and learning. Using the funds for shelving or furniture, computers, software, e-readers, or classroom book sets is prohibited.
Beech Street School librarian Kim Warren wrote and submitted the grant.
"Kim works all year long to ensure that every child loves to read," said Beech Street principal Christine Brennan. "Pursuing this grant opportunity was just one way she demonstrates her commitment to our students and families."
Since its inception in 2002, The Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries has awarded more than $12.5 million to almost 2,500 schools across the country. More information can be found at www.laurabushfoundation.org.