East Webster High School’s library has received a $10,000 grant from discount retailer Dollar General and the American Association for School Librarians to rebuild/expand its school library program affected by the April 27 tornado.
“We were selected because our school library and our school librarian have been vital to enhancing the learning experience for children whose lives have been altered as a result of what has happened April 27,” said Principal Bill Brand.
The grant will be used to purchase books, media and/or library equipment that support learning in a school library environment and is part of “Beyond Words: the Dollar General School Library Relief Program.” The $800,000 initiative is administered by AASL, a division of the American Library Association. The National Education Association serves on the grant review committee.
“Following Hurricane Katrina and other disasters in our country, we recognized the need for support of school libraries impacted by these tragedies,” said David Perdue, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO.
“Through this program, we want to ensure that children whose schools have been impacted by a disaster have the opportunity to learn and grow through reading. This is particularly important when many children only have access to books at their school library.”