Four Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD schools were awarded grants from The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries for the purchase of books and reading materials. Cesar Chavez Elementary, Reed & Mock Elementary, Alamo Middle School and Buell Central DAEP recently received notice of the award. There were only 130 school libraries selected from across the country, 30 of them in Texas, and only 11 of them from the Rio Grande Valley.
“The love of books – holding a book, turning its pages, looking at the pictures, hearing stories read out loud – is key to developing a child’s love for learning,” said Laura Bush on information included as part of the announcement. “The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries supports school libraries and the programs that encourage reading and learning. With a new and improved library, we can ensure that our children will have happy learning experiences at school and at home.”
For Carolina Castillo, Librarian at Buell Central, she is grateful for the $6,800 grant as it will help them continue promoting the importance of literacy.
“I feel so honored to be able to receive the Laura Bush Grant for Buell Central,” said Castillo. “Our small library really needed new books, magazines, audio books and anything to entice our students to read.”
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provides grants of up to $7,000 to schools with the most need, so 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. This year, the foundation awarded more than $831,000 in grants to school libraries.
Thanks to the grants, the PSJA librarians hope to continue promoting the love of reading and literacy to students.
“We are incredibly honored to have been selected as one of the Laura Bush Grant recipients this year,” shared Denisse Ochoa, Librarian at Cesar Chavez Elementary. “This grant will greatly impact our entire school community.”