February 6, 2018
Moore Elementary School Librarian Kim Katz talks with Dollar General Corporation District Manager Jeffrey Berger following a check presentation by the company to the school Feb. 6. Dollar General awarded Moore’s library with a $20,000 grant through the company’s literacy foundation and the Beyond Words program, administered by the American Association of School Librarians to benefit public school libraries recovering from major disasters.
Feb. 6, 2018—Dollar General and company representations visited Moore Elementary School on Feb. 6 to award the campus library with a $20,000 grant through the company’s literacy foundation and the Beyond Words program, administered by the American Association of School Librarians to benefit public school libraries recovering from major disasters.
The act of kindness is just another in a long line that has come to Moore in the months following Hurricane Harvey. The campus was relocated after suffering significant damage and Moore Librarian Kim Katz has led an effort to refill a library that suffered a total loss.
Dollar General Corporation representatives and employees Ray Brim (back row left), Eula Ledet, Jeffrey Berger (holding check), Raquel Reyna and Isaac Ramirez-Contreras visited Moore Elementary School on Feb. 6 to award the library a $20,000 grant through the company’s literacy foundation and the Beyond Words program. They were joined by Moore Librarian Kim Katz (holding check) and Principal Patricia Myers (far right). Students on hand for the presentation were (clockwise from top left) Mason Tarase, Jullian Salinas, Diego Torres, Jackson Nicholas, Sophia Vinelli, Kristen Henthorn, Catalina Torres, Siddarth Kasturinainapalli, Jayden Siner and Isabella Vaquera.
“Since day one, we have been overwhelmed with the generosity,” Katz said. “Things just keep coming and people just keep wanting to help. They’re willing to do anything that we need, which is just awesome. The school is rebuilding and they feel like they’re a part of it.”
For three Dollar General employees on hand for the ceremony, seeing the library start from scratch hits close to home. Their store was lost in a fire following the hurricane and all three have since worked at other locations.
It’s also closely tied as the grants come from donations not only from Dollar General customers, but the employees. Having them on hand for the ceremonies puts faces to the recipients and shows the donations end up in good hands, said Jeffrey Berger, Dollar General Corporation district manager.
Dollar General awarded Moore Elementary School’s library with a $20,000 grant through the company’s literacy foundation and the Beyond Words program, administered by the American Association of School Librarians to benefit public school libraries recovering from major disasters. Moore’s library suffered a total loss due to Hurricane Harvey.
“This is the whole purpose of the foundation – to help in these situations,” Berger said, adding the company has awarded multiple grants in the last few months. “Reading is key and to further a kid’s education, having a library is vital. My wife was an English teacher for a number of years and is now an assistant principal, so our house is a mini library in itself, so I know.”
The grant will be used for biographies, with a wide range of subjects and formats, including chapter books, picture books, e-books and graphic novels, expected to line the shelves and be available.
Katz and staff have worked to rebuild the library, unpacking boxes and organizing the donated books to now filling shelves to meet the students’ needs. And they didn’t forget the generosity – Moore is paying it forward.
Books were donated to high school early learning centers.
The library allowed campus teachers and students to come and “shop” the donations. Staff also did the same to its brethren at Matzke Elementary School, which was on the forefront in helping Moore employees during relief efforts. Donations were made to CFISD’s Mobile Library and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazer Committee’s Rodeo ROPES (Reading Opens the Path to Education Success).
“We know how it feels to get all this and we’re lucky because our community has really stepped up and given us all of this,” Katz said. “Not everybody has had that or was ready to receive. But it’s awesome to be able to say, ‘We got all this stuff and people were so generous to us that we want to share that generosity with other people.’”