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Barren County school receives WKU Libraries grant

College Street Campus of the Barren County Schools was recognized on Thursday (Nov. 5) at the school’s morning meeting as this year’s winner for the School Library Grant sponsored by the Friends of WKU Libraries.

College Street Principal Dan Belding, Library Advisory Council Chair Nancy Baird, and District Curriculum Resource Teacher Tara Griffith

College Street Campus of the Barren County Schools received this year’s School Library Grant sponsored by the Friends of WKU Libraries. From left: Principal Dan Belding, Library Advisory Council Chair Nancy Baird and District Curriculum Resource Teacher Tara Griffith.

This is the second year WKU Libraries has offered this grant to middle or high schools in the Barren River region. The grant is given out to one middle or high school within the Barren River Area Development District each year with different purposes, including improving collections or technology, for professional development funds, to improve students’ research skills, and to offer reading enrichment opportunities.

Tara Griffith, District Curriculum Resource Teacher, wrote the winning application for College Street Campus which is the Alternative Learning Center for Barren County Schools. According to Griffith, the grant money will be used to improve the collection of the library at College Street Campus.

Library Advisory Council Chair Nancy Baird and WKU Libraries Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Wilson attended the meeting in Glasgow to make the announcement and present Principal Dan Belding with the check for $1,000.

“Reading opens all doors,” said Baird. “It was a pleasure to be a part of the day. The school had a very compelling application and I am hopeful that the books purchased for the school will not only build their collection but open doors for many students in years to come.”

Contact: Jennifer Wilson, jennifer.wilson@wku.edu

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