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Travis Elementary has received a $6,800 library grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.

“I am elated that Travis Elementary has been awarded this grant that will allow us to provide plenty of books for our students to develop a love for learning and a love of reading,” says Principal Beulah Rangel. “I could not be more proud that Travis Elementary is a recipient of this grant.”

The funds will be used towards the purchase of approximately 450 books including graphic novels, popular book series, and books that teachers have requested for their lessons.

Library Media Specialist, Linda Peña, says that her hope is that with the purchase of the new books, students will continue to grow their reading skills.

“Graphic novels are our most checked out books,” says Peña. “The minute a student checks one in somebody else checks it out, so they are never in our Information Literacy Center. That was one of the reasons that motivated me to apply for the grant. I hope this will improve student reading even further. I have seen growth this year, and students are becoming more involved with reading especially when they get hooked on a book series.”

Last month, the Foundation announced that more than $831,000 would be distributed to 130 school libraries from 30 states across the country.

The award has helped more than 2,500 schools across the country extend, update, and diversify their libraries since its inception in 2002.

Earlier this year, the campus was also awarded a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s Toolbox for Education to build a reading garden.

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