Springfield Elementary School and Pepperhill Elementary School, along with Burke High School, and R.B. Stall High School were each awarded a $5,000 grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. A total of 300 schools from 44 states received a grant. No more than four schools per district received a grant; Charleston County School District (CCSD) is one of the few districts with four grant awards.
As a former school librarian, Laura Bush knows that library resources are often less prioritized for funding. The Laura Bush Foundation provides funding to schools with the greatest needs to focus on their library collection. The foundation has provided over $19.5 million to 3,300 schools in the last 20 years.
“I am thrilled that children will soon have access to an updated library collection,” said Laura Bush when announcing this year’s grant awards. “Students across the country turn to books to discover the world around them, and we know that opening a new book opens the door to new opportunities and learning.”
Burke High School Librarian David Matthews said the grant funds will be used to update the school’s book collection to reflect the school’s diverse population and community.