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Grundy County schools earn grant funds for school libraries

Jesse White awards more than $1.2 million in grants to school libraries

The Morris Elementary School District #54 is one of several Grundy County schools to receive grant funds from the state of Illinois that will benefit its school library. The funds were made possible through Secretary of State Jesse White's office.
The Morris Elementary School District #54 is one of several Grundy County schools to receive grant funds from the state of Illinois that will benefit its school library. The funds were made possible through Secretary of State Jesse White's office.

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded more than $1.2 million from the 2020 fiscal year School District Library Grant Program, granting funds to 684 public school districts across Illinois. More than 1.5 million Illinois students served by school library programs will benefit from the grants.

“As a former public school teacher and administrator, I know our school libraries are very important in helping students learn and prepare themselves for the future,” White said. “Illinois was the first state to implement a school district grant program, and I’m pleased that we can continue to provide school libraries with some of the financial resources they need to produce well-educated students.”

From the FY20 appropriations approved by the General Assembly and the governor, school library grants were awarded based on a formula of $.75 per student, with a minimum grant award of $750.

The following local school districts will receive grant funding:

Morris High School District 101 — $750

Morris Elementary School District 54 — $815.50

Saratoga School District — $750

Coal City CUSD #1 — $1,571.25

Mazon-Verona-Kinsman School District 2C — $750

Gardner South-Wilmington Twp. High School District 73 — $750

Gardner Elementary District 72 — $750

Dwight High School District — $750

Dwight Elementary School District — $750

Braceville Elementary School District 53 — $750

Seneca High School District 160 — $750

Seneca CCDS #170 — $750

Reed-Custer School District — $1,020.75

School libraries can use the funds to acquire fiction and/or nonfiction books, educational CDs and DVDs, and library subscriptions to electronic resources, as well as to improve technology by purchasing new computers or improving Wi-Fi connectivity.

Additional information about the grant program can be found online at cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/schoolpercapgrant.html.

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