“This has really helped us out,” said Principal Rita Pilling.
West Jasper was one of only four Alabama schools to receive the grant. This year the Laura Bush Foundation gave $1,126,315 to 238 schools across the country.
The purpose of the funds is to update, diversify and expand each school’s book collection.
On Wednesday, media specialist Karen McCain presented all of the new books to some of the best performers on the school’s accelerated reader program.
“They were all cheering; it was a really great thing,” she said.
McCain started working at West Jasper this year. The application for the grant was filed by West Jasper’s former media specialist, Jessica Law.
McCain said that in addition to looking over the school library’s inventory, she also got feedback from the students about which books to purchase. She said she is proud that many of the students requested as many non-fiction as fiction books.
The Laura Bush Foundation was established in 2002 and has since awarded $9.5 million to schools throughout the country.
The foundation has also awarded $6.3 million to rebuild the libraries of Gulf Coast schools affected by hurricanes.
This year the Target Corporation partnered with the Laura Bush Foundation, which allowed 10 additional schools to receive a library grant.