Girls Just Want to Have … BOOKS!

Today’s story is from Michael Bento, the Gregory Heights Librarian. Mr. Bento received an Excel Grant this year from the Highline Schools Foundation for “Girls Just Want to Have… BOOKS!” … here’s what he has to say:

Girls Just Want to Have ... Books!

Girls Just Want to Have … Books!

After noticing many of our Gregory Heights girl students asking about new fiction reading books, I decided to seek a grant through the Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence. I was pleased to win grant support with a proposal titled, Girls Just Want to Have… BOOKS!

With the help from this new grant, the progress in our school library is good news. The grant money helped us purchase over 60 books for our students to checkout, get excited about and tell their friends. Some books we purchased were full series collections, some were parts of a series, and some were stand-alone titles. These books tend to reflect girl interests in friends, relationships, and animals, but also some of the most popular are mysterious and spooky.

We are happy to report many of these books are in constant circulation and rarely stay on our library shelves. These books are being discovered by our younger girls as well, and will continue to be enjoyed by our future Gregory Heights students.

Thank you Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence for your support!

Michael Bento
Librarian, Gregory Heights Elementary
Highline School District 401

Do YOU have a great idea to help out the kids in our district, but just need a little “seed” money to get it started? The next Excel/MAD grant application process will open in the Fall. An online application will be availalbe on our website. Until then, you can find pictures from the 2011 Prize Patrol on our Facebook page and  more information about Excel Grants, including a list of the 2011 winners, on our website.

Since 1999, the Highline Schools Foundation has been supporting innovation and excellence in Highline Public Schools. Our funding priorities focus on programs to improve academic achievement, supporting college and career readiness, grants to teachers for engaging classroom projects, the arts, athletics, and programs that keep students in school and productive. Highline is a district full of need and opportunity. The Highline Schools Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to all schools in our district—our goal is to help as many students as possible be successful!

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