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RPS libraries awarded grants from Laura Bush Foundation

7/14/2017, 7:01 a.m.
Nine Richmond Public Schools libraries have been awarded $54,000 from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries to purchase books ...

Nine Richmond Public Schools libraries have been awarded $54,000 from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries to purchase books and magazines.

The foundation awarded $116,681 to 20 public school libraries in Virginia. RPS received the most of any school district in the state.

The one-time grants of up to $7,000 are available to schools throughout the country. They can be used only to purchase print or Braille books, audio books, e-books or magazines and e-magazine subscriptions.

The Richmond schools and their awards:

• Albert H. Hill Middle School, $6,000

• Chimborazo Elementary School, $6,000

• Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School, $7,000

• Franklin Military Academy, $5,000

• George Wythe High School, $7,000

• James H. Blackwell Elementary School, $6,000

• Miles Jones Elementary School, $5,000

• Richmond Community High School, $6,000

• Thomas Jefferson High School, $6,000

Since 2002, the foundation has awarded more than $14.3 million to more than 2,700 schools in the United States.

Last year, 857 applications were submitted and 130 grants were awarded by the foundation in May 2016. Figures for 2017 were not available. — HOLLY RODRIGUEZ