4 Charleston County Schools Received Library Grants

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) — Four schools in Charleston County have received grants under a program that provides funds for schools to improve their library collections, the district said.

Springfield Elementary School, Pepperhill Elementary School, Burke High School and RB Stall High School each received a $5,000 grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for American Libraries.

The foundation distributed grants to 300 schools in 44 states with no more than four schools per district receiving grants.

Librarians at Burke High School and Springfield Elementary say the grants will be used to update their collections to better reflect the diverse populations in the schools.

“General fiction books and purchased non-fiction books will modernize our collection and also reflect the school population,” said David Matthews, Burke High School librarian. “We will buy books that include global views and multiple perspectives. These books will celebrate the diversity of our community.

RB Stall librarian Elizabeth Tonelli said the grant will encourage students to read more by making more material available to them in their preferred format, which is print.

The Laura Bush Foundation has provided more than $19.5 million to 3,300 schools over the past 20 years.

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