KEARNEY — Kearney Public Schools has received a $41,826 grant from the American Rescue Plan Act grants.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced more than $15 million in American Rescue Plan Act grants to institutions across the United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The grants support the role of museums and libraries in recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. Institutions receiving awards are matching them with $20 million in non-federal funds.
The ARP grant received by the Kearney Public School district will provide $20,000 to Central, Bryant, Northeast and Emerson libraries to purchase nonfiction resources, including books and subscriptions to online services. Each school will receive $5,000, which will purchase approximately 217 books. The new books will update and replace 20-year-old nonfiction books.
Another $10,825 will be used to purchase STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) equipment that will be circulated among the four schools. After the grant period is over, the STEM equipment will be available to all KPS elementary schools.
The four librarians will receive $10,233 to travel to the American Library Association Conference in Washington, D.C., this summer.
“We are incredibly excited to receive the American Rescue Plan Grant. These funds will allow us to update the aging nonfiction collections in our four Title elementary schools,” said Tracy Schall, KPS director of Library Services. “Reading nonfiction books is essential for building background knowledge for our students as well as enhancing their vocabularies, and of course fostering their curiosities!”
Schall stated that the students will benefit from having access to high-quality STEM and MakerSpace resources and activities. “These materials will add additional engaging and hands-on learning opportunities for our students in our libraries,” Schall said.
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