Tuesday, August 28, 2012

More About our Laura Bush Grant:)

Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary Receives $4,000 Grant
 from Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries

Athens, Ga. – Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School has been named the recipient of a $4,000 grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. The grant will provide approximately 250 books to be used in the school’s Spectrum program.

"We are thrilled to be able to use the money from the Laura Bush Foundation to provide books to challenge
our students,” said Deirdre Sugiuchi, media specialist at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School. “Students are helping me compile a list of requests, and we are all excited for the books to arrive.”

According to Sugiuchi, many students at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary read at a middle-to-high school level. Books purchased with grant monies will be used to provide age-appropriate high interest fiction and nonfiction at that level. This is actually the second time the school has received a grant from the Laura Bush Foundation. Last year, $5000 was used on books to supplement the science and social studies curriculum.

We are very fortunate here at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary to receive the Laura Bush grant again this year,”said principal Scarlett Dunne. “This money allows our students more opportunities to read a wider variety of quality literature in our media center and to experience literacy through print.”

Grants from The Laura Bush Foundation are made annually to school libraries across the country to purchase books. An advisory committee of experts in children's literature, reading and education design the grant application and administer the grant process. Money to fund these grants will be raised by the Leadership Council of the Laura Bush Foundation.

The Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries is a component fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (CFNCR) in Washington DC. CFNCR is an IRS- approved 501(c)(3) and will provide staff, asset management and office infrastructure. First Lady Laura Bush is the Honorary Chair of this new fund.

Writer: Anisa Sullivan Jimenez, (706) 546-7721, ext. 18271, jimenezan@clarke.k12.ga.us
Contact: Deirdre Sugiuchi, (706) 549-0762, ext. 60280, sugiuchid@clarke.k12.ga.us

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