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June 6, 2014

Carroll Elementary ready to read

Savvy counselor procures library grant

Corsicana — The Association of Texas Professional Educators Foundation presented seven school libraries the Beth Ann Rogers Literacy Initiative Grant valued at $1,500. Named for a late ATPE state president and school librarian, the initiative enables the foundation to help school libraries purchase literacy materials and modernize  their resources. Other winning schools were in Dallas ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Houston ISD, and Birdville ISD. Foundation Director Loree LeBoeuf  presented the check to Debbie Powers, counselor, who applied for the grant. This is the second time  Powers has been awarded this grant at Carroll Elementary, receiving it previously in 2004.  LeBoeuf informed Powers about a matching grant that one of the Houston schools received.  Capstone Publishing matched the ATPE grant, bringing the library award up to $3,000.  With the help of librarian Sarah McBride Carroll Elementary was able to select and purchase 106 new titles for the Carroll library.

“This grant is a timely blessing for Carroll Elementary,” said principal Cynthia Woody. “The CISD administration and school board just purchased 30 laptops and 30 iPads for our library. Debbie Powers, our counselor, applied for and won this grant, so I allowed her to decide how she would most like to see the money put to use. She's a great shopper! She decided to purchase electronic books that we could access on the new laptops and iPads. Not only did she do the legwork for the grants and the purchase of the e-books, she also contacted the e-book publisher and was able to get them to match our grant money dollar-for-dollar.”


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