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Murray Announces Nearly $250,000 for Yakima School District 7

Sep 26 2002

Federal grants will support the expansion of books and updated technology for 18 school libraries in Yakima

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced that Yakima School District Number 7 will receive $249,757 in Literacy and School Libraries Program grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

A member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee, Senator Murray helped secure funding for the grants, whose purpose it is to improve student literacy skills and academic achievement by providing access to up-to-date library resources and well-trained library specialists.

"As a former educator, I know how important it is for children to have access to good books and other library resources," Murray said. "These funds will improve the lives of thousands of children in Yakima by expanding literacy programs and increasing access to the tools they need to succeed."

The Yakima School District has eighteen school libraries serving 10,000 students. The grants will enable the district to improve each library's resource collection, to update technology materials, to ensure that staff are well trained in the district's new reading adoption program for elementary students, and strengthen collaboration of library media specialists with teachers and with other library media specialists. The hours of school library operation will also be increased.