During last Thursday evening’s Big Walnut Local School District Board of Education meeting, district superintendent Angie Pollock said she had been notified that an anonymous donor contacted the Delaware County Foundation about funding a $50,000 grant for planned upgrades to the high school and middle school libraries.
During the September board meeting, district Director of Academic Achievement Jen Young reported that the Big Walnut High School Media Center (a.k.a. Library) and the Big Walnut Middle School Library are being integrated, and the physical spaces at both libraries will change to meet the needs of today’s students.
Young said there has been a movement changing how libraries look and function across the United States; even public libraries, like Community Library in Sunbury, are becoming Internet access points, meeting places, and work spaces for patrons.
Young said the two libraries will have spaces where students will be able to work on things together – creating videos, a movable stage, collaborative writing tables, and still be a library,
“We decided to apply for a grant for more Chromebooks, and the middle school applied for a grant for their Service Day,” Pollock said at last Thursday’s board meeting. “The Delaware County Foundation suggested we wrap everything up into one grant request.”
Pollock said the grant for $65,000 will include the high school and middle school library renovations, additional Chromebooks for classroom use, and funding for the middle school Service Day.
“We really thank our anonymous donor for this grant,” Pollock said.
In other grant news, board member Nicci Hess said the Big Walnut Education Foundation is resurrecting the Innovations in Teaching Grants program.
Innovations in Teaching Grants were mini-grants offered to fund small classroom projects that fell outside normal academic funding.
During the mid-2000s the school district funded the grants. At the beginning of the 2008 recession the education picked up some of the grant costs before the program evaporated due to funding constraints.
Hess said grant applications would be available on the Big Walnut Education Foundation website.
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