2011-12-01 / Schools

Grants funds upgrades at school libraries

MIDDLETOWN — Armed with a grant award, two township schools can now open a new chapter in their libraries.

Nut Swamp Elementary School and River Plaza Elementary School were awarded a total of $25,000 in grant money from the Edward W. and Stella C. Van Houten Memorial Fund.

According to a press release from the River Plaza Parent Faculty Association, the money is designated to pay for new books for the school libraries as well as necessary room improvements.

River Plaza received nearly $14,000 in grant money while Nut Swamp got a check for just over $11,000.

“It’s a beautiful thing,” River Plaza Principal Stephen Baglivio said in the press release.

“The funds will help replenish the shelves of River Plaza’s library with much needed current material and necessary room improvements,” the press release states, adding that Nut Swamp would use the money to purchase new books.

“The libraries for both schools combined serve nearly 1,000 students and teachers in the community and will benefit additional new students for years to come.”

SerenaAdams and Lisa DiLouie applied for the grant on behalf of the PFA, citing the outdated choices and poor condition of the books in the libraries.

“This money will help bring our school libraries back to life,” Adams said in he press release.

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