MT. VERNON — —
Area schools are receiving $6,468.75 in grant funding from the 2013 School District Library Program.
Schools receiving funds this year in the local area include Ashley Grade School, Bluford Grade School, Webber Township High School, Rome Grade School, Kell Grade School, Hamilton County Unit School District, Summersville Grade School, Mt. Vernon Township High School and Mt. Vernon City Schools District 80.
Grants throughout the state total almost $1.4 million going to 642 schools, according to information from Secretary of State Jesse White, who is also the state librarian.
"As a former public school teacher and administrator, I know our school libraries are so important in helping students learn and prepare themselves for the future," White stated. "Several studies in recent years have shown that students perform better in the classroom in school districts that have strong library media programs. Illinois was the first state to implement a school district grant program, and I'm pleased that we can continue to provide school libraries with some of the financial resources they need to produce well-educated students."
Many of the school in the area will receive $735.50 — Ashley Grade School, Bluford Grade School, Webber Township High School, Rome Grade School, Kell Grade School, Hamilton County Unit School District and Summersville Grade School.
Mt. Vernon Township High School will receive $954.75 and District 80 will receive $1,101.
Grants were awarded based on a formula of 75 cents per student with a minimum grant award of $735.50. The School District Library Grant Program provides funds that can be used for things like the purchase of library materials to support reading for academics and enjoyment, library subscriptions to electronic resources or improved technology to support student research.