The grants were funded through the generous donation of the Gash family.
The purpose of the K-4 Literacy Grants are to supplement classroom literacy resources to help teachers meet the diverse literacy needs of their students and build upon the classroom libraries already in place (i.e. print, audio, and ebooks).
The Foundation awarded $660 each to the libraries at Peculiar Elementary, Raymore Elementary, Stonegate Elementary, Timber Creek Elementary, and Creekmoor Elementary. The Shull Elementary School library did not receive a grant, because it will no longer serve as an elementary school after this year. Pictured is the presentation for the Raymore Elementary library. From left: Pam Steele, Bryan Gash, Foundation President Phil Parke, Library Media Specialist Kat Pogat, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, Assistant Principal Intern Melissa Lucas, and Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston. (See additional library award pictures below.)
There will be some redistribution of library resources at the elementary school level as the District transitions from six to seven elementary schools.