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Four JPPSS Schools Receive Grants from Laura Bush Foundation

Four schools in the Jefferson Parish Public School System were awarded grants from the Laura Bush Foundation that will be used to rebuild and stock the schools’ libraries this year. The four schools were part of a total of 23 schools from the Gulf Coast region that were awarded grants.

Schneckenburger Elementary School, Harris Middle School, Gretna Middle School, and Taylor Academy were the latest JPPSS recipients of grants personally presented by Ms. Bush.

Schneckenburger Elementary School received a $35,000 grant, Harris Middle School received a $13,000 grant, Gretna Middle School received a $25,000 and Taylor Academy was also a recipient. This is the second consecutive year that Harris Middle School received a grant.

During her address to the recipients, Mrs. Bush introduced Texas artist and National Medal for the Arts recipient Mr. Jesus Moroles. Mr. Moroles donated new, hardcover copies of his book, Moroles – Granite Sculpture to each school present.

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries was founded in 2002 and since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $5.4 million to 1,087 schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Grants are funded through generous donations to the endowment from individuals, corporations and foundations.

The mission of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is to support the education of our nation’s children by providing funds to update, extend and diversify the book and print collections of America’s school libraries.