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Laura Bush Foundation grant awarded to Iberville Elementary

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Heddie Carville Murthy

PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Elementary School has been awarded a $5,000 grant to expand, update and diversify their library book collection.

The award was one of only 212 in the nation made by The Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries. Louisiana schools receiving grants totaled three.

Iberville Elementary Librarian, Heddie Carville Murthy, was the recipient of this prestigious award to enhance literary materials. Murthy is a third generation educator working in Iberville Parish Schools.

The grant application process is administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region with guidance from The Laura Bush Foundation's Advisory Committee. The grants are funded through generous donations to the endowment from individuals, corporations and foundations.

The Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries was founded in 2002 as a fund of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. Since its inception, the Laura Bush Foundation has awarded more than $10.5 million to schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands.

In addition to these yearly grants, the Foundation has also awarded more than $6.3 million to school libraries in the Gulf Coast region to rebuild their library book collections that were lost or destroyed by hurricanes or storms.

The mission of the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries is to support the education of our nation's children by providing funds to update, extend and diversify the book and print collections of America's school libraries.

"These new resources will enrich our new common core curriculum learning efforts," said Murthy.