The books will be purchased with a $10,000 grant that was recently awarded.
From the RPS press release:
Emily’s Hope Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to Henderson Middle School (HMS) to support the purchase of library resources for the school’s media center. The award was presented to the school and members of Henderson’s Library Book Discussion Group during a special visit from Emily’s Hope Foundation board members.
Dr. Vonita Foster, HMS’ media specialist, authored the grant to increase the school’s non-fiction, social science, natural science and technology collections. With the support of the grant, over 500 books will be purchased.
“We are thrilled to be able to support the expansion of Henderson Middle School’s library collection and make a difference in the lives of children,” said Laura Senturia, president of Emily’s Hope Foundation. “We look forward to our continued partnership as we encourage students to pursue a life of learning.”
Emily’s Hope Foundation was created in 2010 by several Fairfax County Public Schools teachers to honor a former student, Emily Michael, who died in 2009 due to heart disease. Emily believed in demonstrating acts of kindness to improve life for children and providing the means to bring those in need support and hope.
Students from HMS and Fairfax County Public Schools will join together later in the spring to read books and participate in discussions via Skype.
To learn more about Emily’s Hope Foundation, visit http://emilyshopeonline.org/.