Moore ES earns Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries grant

September 27, 2018

Moore Elementary School received a $75,000 grant for its campus library from the 2017 Disaster Relief Initiative grants given by the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries
Moore Elementary School received a $75,000 grant for its campus library from the 2017 Disaster Relief Initiative grants given by the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. Moore suffered significant damage following Hurricane Harvey and was relocated during the 2017-2018 school year, while the library suffered a total loss. The campus library was among 38 from across Texas, California, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that received more than $1.3 million in grants after they were damaged in natural disasters last fall.

Sept. 27, 2018—Moore Elementary School received a $75,000 grant from the second round of 2017 Disaster Relief Initiative grants given by the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. The campus library was among 38 from across Texas, California, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that received more than $1.3 million in grants after they were damaged in natural disasters last fall.

“As a former librarian, I know school libraries are important to improving student achievement, and with the second round of grants from the 2017 Disaster Relief Initiative, these schools can start on the path to full recovery,” Laura Bush said. “To everyone affected during last year’s natural disasters, you have support from neighbors across the nation. Your hard work and can-do spirit ensures that your cities and schools will thrive again.”

Moore Elementary School received a $75,000 grant for its campus library from the 2017 Disaster Relief Initiative grants given by the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.
Moore Elementary School received a $75,000 grant for its campus library from the 2017 Disaster Relief Initiative grants given by the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. It was the third major grant for the library, which suffered a total loss following Hurricane Harvey.

Said Kim Katz, Moore librarian: “It was overwhelming and we were very excited when we found out we got the grant. This gives me the opportunity to fill in all these holes. We did a lot of reordering last year but weren’t really able to put them out on the shelves because things were coming in all year long. Now that I see what holes I have, we have this and we’re able to get the books we’re missing, new titles, new nonfiction to go along with curriculum needs for the teachers as well as new interests for the kids.”

In response to the hurricanes and wildfires, the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries established the 2017 Disaster Relief Initiative to help rebuild school libraries that were damaged or destroyed in recent natural disasters. The foundation initially awarded more than $850,000 to 17 school libraries, with the second round pushing the total awarded to more than $2 million.

The initiative is the second time the Laura Bush Foundation has assisted in disaster relief efforts, as the “Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative” was created following Hurricane Katrina and Rita in 2005. Between 2006 and 2012, the foundation awarded nearly $6.5 million in grants to 124 schools in the Gulf Coast area.

The grant is the third awarded to Moore for its library, which suffered a total loss following Hurricane Harvey. Moore suffered significant damage and was relocated for the 2017-2018 school year.

The library was awarded a $20,000 grant through Dollar General’s literacy foundation and the Beyond Word program administered by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). It grew to $50,000 as Moore was among two Houston-area schools chosen as AASL’s recipients of the 2018 catastrophic disaster relief grant.

Moore was also awarded $5,000 from the American Association of University Women.

“The students are so excited to be able to come back and start checking out books again,” Katz said. “We’re starting with the older grades and it’s trickling down to the younger kids. They just cannot wait now to get in here, see the new books, check them out and take them home and share them.”

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