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Blue Ridge School Named as a Recipient of a Library Grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries
Blue Ridge School Named as a Recipient of a Library Grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries
"Our media center has begun transforming into a vibrant and welcoming place where students gather and engage in world class learning with hands on activities and projects. This grant will absolutely support our vision."
Four students reading on a couch in the media center

Last week, Blue Ridge School was one of 205 schools from 43 states across the country to receive a $5,000 grant through the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries. Mrs. Laura Bush joined Kelly Clarkson on "The Kelly Clarkson Show" to announce that the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries awarded more than $1 million in library grants this year.

Inspired by the Laura Bush Foundation, H-E-B surprised 15 Texas-based Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries grant recipients with an additional gift totaling $100,000. Scholastic Books also provided the 34 teachers and educators in the virtual audience with money to purchase books for their schools and students.

The grant recipients' library collections are outdated, averaging approximately 20 years old. Many of the libraries will use the funds to update their collection, offer more dual language titles, and provide books focused on diversity and inclusivity. "There are many students who don't have books at home, so having access to a library at school is essential," Mrs. Bush said. "With the grants, school libraries across the nation can restock and update their collections providing opportunities for students for years to come."

"Blue Ridge teachers, staff and students are thrilled to be able to receive the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries grant," said Christine Long, principal of Blue Ridge School. "Our school media center will benefit greatly from this generous grant. The $5,000 will go towards updating our library inventory and restoring our collection of books. As students' interests change over the years, it is important to update our collection to keep up with trends. It would be wonderful to use some of the funds to offer more dual language titles and provide books focused on diversity, kindness and inclusivity. Our media center has begun transforming into a vibrant and welcoming place where students gather and engage in world class learning with hands on activities and projects. This grant will absolutely support our vision."

Mrs. Bush also revealed her 2021 summer reading list, which includes recommendations for young readers through middle schoolers. Selections highlight books focused on diversity, inclusion and kindness; and the list features a title by the late Beverly Cleary.

"The summer reading list is a great resource for parents and caregivers," Mrs. Bush said. "As libraries open back up all over our country, I hope children will take the list to their local library and borrow each of the featured titles. It is so important that all kids keep reading over summer break."

Grant applications for the 2021-2022 school year will open in late 2021. Visit www.bushcenter.org to learn more.

The Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries supports school libraries with the greatest needs with the goal of encouraging all students to develop a love of reading and learning. Since its inception in 2002, it has awarded more than $16 million to more than 2,800 schools across the country.

The Laura Bush Foundation is managed as a restricted fund at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. More information can be found at www.bushcenter.org