Manila Middle School Library receives grant

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Melissa Baker, Manila Middle School media specialist, is excited to announce Manila Middle School library applied for and received the Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant for the 2011-2012 school year.

Melissa Baker, Manila Middle School Media Specialist (left), offers her thanks to Linda Smith, Manila Dollar General Manager, for the grant received from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

"I have been working hard to purchase books and materials for the students and teachers to use, and through this grant we will be able to spend $3,000 on additional books and materials."

The theme of the Middle School Library is "Readers Are Leaders," and this money will ensure that the students have the materials they need to succeed.

Baker expressed a special thank you to Dollar General for granting this opportunity to continue to change the lives of students one book at a time.

The Middle School Library opened in 2008 and serves grades five through eight.

"When we opened the elementary library the high school library shared books with us," Baker said. "We have been adding books since and this grant is great to help us along."

Baker said she will partner with a larger company to purchase books at the best price she can find.

Manila Middle School Library and Harrisburg were the only two schools in the area to receive the grant this year.

"I applied for the grant last year but was not chosen," Baker said. "I didn't give up and I applied again this year and I am thrilled for my students. We have 450 students who utilize the Middle School Library."

Linda Smith, manager of Manila Dollar General, said she is excited to have her home town library chosen to receive the grant.

"The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a great program," Smith said. "It is a good way for us to help the communities we serve. Our patrons donate to the program and our store will average $100 a week for the Literacy Fund."

Smith said Manila customers are great to help with projects including the Literacy Foundation, the Christmas drive for the Lions Club and the Manila Nursing Center.

"I am glad to live and work in such a great community," Smith said.

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