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Laura Bush Foundation School Library Grants Open: Tell Us How You Enhance #Literacy Skills
This is a heartfelt thank you from the students, parents, staff, and administrators at Hunt Elem. for your generous grant to our school. It will impact our students in a wonderful way, and provide them with books that spark their imagination and feed their minds. Thanks to you, for touching the future, by inspiring the mind of a child.
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries was pleased to receive this note from a 2016 grantee along with so many more. Each note expresses how excited these librarians are to be able to provide books requested by teachers and updated titles demanded by striving readers.
The good news is: the 2016-2017 grant application for the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is now available!
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. The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provides funds to school libraries to add to and update their book and media collections. We want to hear about the needs of your students and your school library. What are your library goals to enhance their learning?
According to the AASL, school librarians and teachers make a strong instructional team combining their knowledge of pedagogy, resources, and technology to meet the specific needs of each student.How do you promote collaboration between the library, teachers, and your broader school community to address student needs and enhance literacy skills?
“School libraries are essential learning resources and school librarians are the essential ‘guides inside’ our schools, leading everyday teaching and learning toward methods and outcomes that best prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century.” - Quoted from the AASL 2013 library statistics.
Applications are now open for the 2016-17 Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries grants for school libraries at www.laurabushfoundation.org. Before applying, read through the FAQs, check your school’s eligibility and tell us your story!
Completed applications must be submitted by: Monday, December 12, 2016.
Tracy Young serves as senior advisor for the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, a restricted fund at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. She first joined the George W. Bush Institute in November 2014 as the Director of Education Reform. Before joining the Bush Institute, she served as the Vice President of Public & Government Affairs at the Texas Charter Schools Association. Prior to her non-profit work, Tracy served as Director of Communications for Texas House Speaker Joe Straus from 2009 - 2012.
During the last year of the George W. Bush Administration, she was Deputy Regional Representative for Secretary Spellings, based in Texas. Tracy worked as Special Assistant for Education at the White House during the 2007 No Child Left Behind reauthorization efforts. In 2005, she was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education where she directed the Strategic Communications team and the press office. Prior to her work at the U.S. Department of Education, Tracy served as the Associate Director of Communications at the White House, focused on the Domestic Policy Council. At the start of the George W. Bush Administration, Tracy worked on Communications media events on the White House grounds, including her favorite events of the year – Tee Ball on the South Lawn. Before the start of her public service, Tracy worked with the N.R.C.C. on behalf of congressional candidates across the country. She also worked in the non-profit sector with college students, university and community leaders to increase awareness and participation in volunteer service. Tracy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and minor in psychology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, and is a native of Euless, Texas.Full Bio
School Raises $1K for Laura Bush Foundation’s 2017 Disaster Relief Initiative During Annual Coin Collecting Contest
During the annual Scholastic Book Fair at Aurora Quest K-8, students in each homeroom class compete in a coin collecting contest. Students empty their pockets and race to raise money to donate to select places in need of new books. This year, Aurora Quest’s student body raised $1,000 in coins that was donated to the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries’ 2017 Disaster Relief Initiative. The funds will help rebuild school library collections that were damaged or destroyed during the many disasters that plagued the U.S. last fall. “The consensus this year was that the hurricanes had affected schools in the South to a serious extent, so we looked for a way to get books to those schools,” said Mary Beth Macleay, Aurora Quest’s librarian. “We certainly hope our contribution [to the 2017 Disaster Relief Initiative] will directly get books into the hands of students. Our students love to read and want to share that experience,
Finding Hope and Community
After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in September 2005, debris was everywhere. No matter where you drove, you could see the dark, oily line where the water had risen.
School Libraries Play an Indispensable Role
Today, Mrs. Laura Bush announced that more than $930,000 is being distributed to 160 school libraries from 38 states across the country through the 2017 library grants from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.