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Warfield Elementary School Named Recipient of Grant From the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries
Warfield Elementary School has been named one of just 205 schools across the country to receive a grant through the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. Mrs. Laura Bush joined Kelly Clarkson on The Kelly Clarkson Show earlier this week to announce that the Foundation awarded more than $1 million in library grants this year, $5,000 of which will be allocated to Warfield.
The grant recipients’ library collections are outdated, averaging approximately 20 years old. Many of the libraries will use the funds to update their collections, offer more dual-language titles, and provide books focused on diversity and inclusivity.
"At Warfield, we are proud of our culturally and linguistically diverse student population," Principal Cristina Smith shared. "Having a variety of books that are representative of all students helps children to see themselves in literature and is critical to increasing their sense of pride in who they are. This grant will allow us to purchase fiction and nonfiction books written in both English and Spanish, reflecting our students' cultural and linguistic heritages."
“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.”
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.”
To learn more about the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries, please click here.