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Southwest School Receives Laura Bush Foundation Grant

TORRINGTON — Southwest School was one of 300 schools in 44 states across the country to receive a $5,000 grant through the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.

The Laura Bush Foundation for American Libraries awarded $1.5 million in grants to libraries this year. Many libraries will use the funds to update and diversify their collections.

“I am thrilled that children in 300 schools will soon have access to an updated library collection,” said Laura Bush. “Students across the country turn to books to discover the world around them, and we know that opening a new book opens the door to new opportunities and new learnings.”


Dr. Mary Ann Buchanan, principal of the Southwest School, said the grant will help the school purchase updated paper books.

“(It puts books) into the hands of our students, who love being back in our library after mostly using e-books during the pandemic. Touch, feel, sight, smell, turning pages all enhance the sensory experience of reading,” she said.

Buchanan said she is extremely grateful to Christine Zeiser, School Library Media Specialist, for her research and commitment to providing exceptional resources to our students.

“We are very grateful to the Laura Bush Foundation for American Libraries. Mrs. Bush revealed her 2022 summer reading list, which includes recommendations for young readers all the way to middle schoolers, on Sunday at the Laura Bush Book Club’s annual event, part of the Engage at the Bush Center series. , brought to you by NexPoint. The selections feature books about adventure, humor and discovery,” she said.

“The books on this year’s summer reading list were selected to encourage children to keep reading during their summer vacation,” Bush said. “Local libraries are a wonderful resource for our communities, and I hope children and parents will visit their local library to borrow each of the featured titles.”

One of the books on the 2022 summer reading list was written by Giovanna McBride, the daughter of former Mrs. Bush’s chief of staff, Anita McBride. “Gigi at the White House” was published by the White House Historical Association and follows a young Giovanna on her visit to the White House.

Inspired by the Laura Bush Foundation, Anita McBride and husband Tim McBride donated copies of Gigi to the White House! to every primary school that has received a grant since 2002. Grant applications for the 2022-2023 school year will open at the end of 2022.

Visit laurabushfoundation.org to learn more.