Larry's first reaction was, "You're making a FAKE check?" Sure, I told him. He seemed very concerned about any possible criminal activity this might entail. I assured him that no one would actually try to cash this check. Could be in real trouble....did I forge Laura Bush's signature? No, I just wrote her name on a gaint piece of cardboard!
Max started Kindergarten at Cabrillo Elementary this year. I wanted to be involved, but traditional PTA isn't exactly my style. So back in October of 2010 the school Library tech and I sat down and talked about ways to raise money for the library. With the state of education budgets, new library books rank low on the list. As I talked to the school administration, I learned that the school library was actually closed for five years, just reopening last year. Can you imagine a school without a library?
The library at Cabrillo elementary is an amazing space. It was built with California Prop monies, so there was only funding for the actual building, not staff or equipment. It has high ceilings, lots of light, but not so many books. Any new books were from the scholastic book fair, so soft cover...not meant to last or show on a shelf.
I researched available grants and found that money was tight in this arena as well. I found two grants that I thought might be a good fit for our school. With the help of Jose and the school administration, I wrote a grant for the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries. It was a long shot....there are a lot of deserving schools out there. We found out in May that Cabrillo was chosen from thousands of entries to receive one of 241 grants awarded!
So yesterday, I participated in a check presentation ceremony to present the $5,000 check from the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries to the Cabrillo Library!
As the school year comes to a close we look back on what a great experience this has been for Max. He has found friends, acceptance and learned a great deal. Max loves the library so it was personally fulfilling for me to help with this grant.