2 Bossier Schools Named Grant Recipients by the Laura Bush Foundation for American Libraries | Education

BOSSIER CITY, Louisiana — Bossier and Meadowview Elementary Schools in Bossier City, LA were among 300 schools in 44 states across the country to receive $5,000 grants through the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. This year, the Laura Bush Foundation for American Libraries awarded $1.5 million in grants to libraries.

Bossier and Meadowview will use the funds to update and diversify their school library collections.

“I am thrilled that children in 300 schools will soon have access to an updated library collection,” said Laura Bush. “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 new learnings.”

“Congratulations to Librarians Andrea May of Bossier Elementary and Becky Halbrook of Meadowview for being selected by the Laura Bush Foundation,” added Karyn Flowers, Supervisor of Library Services for Bossier Schools. “These grants will allow them to continue to expand, diversify and update their library collections to reflect the growing needs of their student population and improve literacy. Many students do not have books at home and research shows that literacy is a critical predictor of academic and lifelong success. Access to a well-stocked school library collection is therefore essential.

Mrs. Bush revealed her 2022 summer reading list, which includes recommendations for young readers all the way to middle schoolers, on Sunday at the Laura Bush Book Club’s annual event, part of the Engage at the Bush Center series. , brought to you by NexPoint. The selections include books on adventure, humor and discovery.

“The books on this year’s summer reading list were selected to encourage children to keep reading during their summer vacation,” Bush said. “Local libraries are a wonderful resource for our communities, and I hope children and parents will visit their local library to borrow each of the featured titles.”

One of the books on the 2022 summer reading list was written by Giovanna McBride, the daughter of former Mrs. Bush’s chief of staff, Anita McBride. Gigi at the White House was published by the White House Historical Association and follows a young Giovanna as she tours the White House. Inspired by the Laura Bush Foundation, Anita McBride and husband Tim McBride donated copies of Gigi to the White House! to all elementary schools that have received a grant since 2002.

Grant applications for the 2022-2023 school year will open in late 2022. Visit laurabushfoundation.org to learn more.

The Laura Bush Foundation for American Libraries supports school libraries with the greatest needs in order to encourage all students to develop a love of reading and learning. Since its inception in 2002, it has awarded more than $19.5 million to more than 3,300 schools across the country.

The education and opportunity work of the George W. Bush Institute, home to the Laura Bush Foundation for American Libraries, is generously supported by the Allstate Foundation. The Laura Bush Foundation is managed as a restricted fund at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. More information can be found at laurabushfoundation.org. The Laura Bush Foundation is managed as a restricted fund at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. More information can be found at www.bushcenter.org.

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