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The Laura Bush Foundation For America’s Libraries Grant Application
PART I
A QUICK OVERVIEW OF YOUR PROPOSAL 1. Your school name: Wrens Middle School 2.. Your school district or governing organization: Jefferson County 3. Your school mailing address: 101 Griffin Street Wrens, Georgia 30833 4. What grade(s) does your school include? Preschool and/or Kindergarten. Elementary Middle School High School Other If other, please describe:

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5. Your school is (please choose one): Public Public alternative Public charter Private 6. What percentage of your student body is eligible for free and reduced lunch (FRL)? Secondary schools may submit verifiable FRL data averaged from all feeder schools. 78.27 % 7. How much money (up to $6000) are you requesting from the Laura Bush Foundation to improve the book resources in your library? $ 5000
Please use whole numbers only; no commas, decimals, or fractions.

8. Have you received a LBF grant in the past? Yes No

If yes, when? 9. The LBF's goal is to provide the books you most need to support learning and to help the students in your school develop a love of reading. Please provide an application abstract to tell us how your plan will address this goal. Please know that the
LBF may use this statement to describe and publicize your award if you are selected for a grant.

Wrens Middle School realizes how important reading is to our students. We have done very well on the CRCT in the reading section the last few years. We have met AYP the last six years. We feel this is because of every student having 30 minutes to reading every day and teachers promoting reading across the curriculum. The books that we have been using during our reading time are old and outdated. The students read fictional and non-fictional books in the reading program that we have and we would like to provide our students with interesting books that will promote the love of reading and hopefully make them want to read the rest of their lives.
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PART II YOU AND YOUR SCHOOL Now please tell us some things about yourself and your school 10. Your Last Name: Toulson Your First Name: Patrice 11. Your title: Georgia Southern University Graduate Student 12. Your telephone number: 706-547-6580 13. Your E-Mail address: [email protected]
(To be used for email confirmation of this application)

14. Are you the person responsible for library operation in this school? Yes No

(Please note: Preference will be given to applications that are prepared by the person in your school specifically responsible for the library. We believe that the person on-site has the best understanding of the library's status, needs, and potential.)

15. Will you be responsible for carrying out the activities described in the grant proposal? Yes No

If not, who will be responsible? Please list the name, title, and experience of each person with responsibility for providing library services. Name: Title: Experience: About Your School 16.Your principal's name: Last Name: Wells First Name: Julia 17.Your school contact numbers: Phone Number: 706-547-6580 Fax Number: 706-547-6224

18. Your School's email: [email protected] (This will be used for notification if you are funded. Be sure to double-check that it is correct!) 19. Please provide a demographic profile of your student body. (e.g., ages, genders, racial/ethnic groups, community and parent characteristics, etc.) Our student body consists of 6th through 8th grades. The age range of our students is eleven to fifteen years of age. 78.27 percent of our students receive free or reduced lunches. The population of Wrens Middle School is: 50% is African-American, 2% is Hispanic, 46% is white and 2% is multi-racial. Students with disabilities are 13% and those students that are limited English proficient is 1%. There are 52% that are female and 48% that are male. Sixth graders represent 39% of the students, seventh graders represent 38% of the students and eighth graders represent 38% of students. Our school is considered a Title 1 School. Our community is rural and the poverty level is high. The resources for our students and their families are very limited. Your description is limited to 1500 characters or about 150 words.
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20.NCES Information A. What is your school’s NCES ID: 130306001309
see: http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/ if you need to find it.

B. If you are a high school using data from feeder schools, list all schools that feed into your high school, providing name and NCES ID: n/a C. If your school is not assigned a NCES ID it is because you are: D. If you are not assigned a NCES ID, what is the source of your FRL information:

PART III YOUR LIBRARY AND YOUR PROGRAM Now, please provide us with more information about your library and your plans for its improvement. Important: Please read the Frequently Asked Questions and the Scoring Rubric sections before answering the questions below. 21. Please describe the personnel operating the library in your building. A. Does your school have a certified school librarian? Yes No

(1) If yes, what is the school librarian's educational background? Masters Degree (2). If not, do you plan to hire a full or part-time certified school librarian in the future? Yes No

If you do plan to hire a certified school librarian, when do you think that will happen? n/a (3). If your school does not have a certified librarian, please describe the person who currently has primary responsibility for the library and its operation. Please check all that apply. Position Description Volunteer  Certified teacher Administrator Certified specialist in some area other than library media Aide or para-professional Time Commitment Full-time in the library  Part-time in the library Education No degree

Bachelor’s degree  Master’s degree or higher Library Media Training Has no library media training Has some library media training Is a qualified library technician Is currently in a library media certification program Has temporary library media certification Is taking on-line training Experience in the Job First year responsible for the library 1-3 years experience responsible for the library 4 or more years experience responsible for the library (4) If the person primarily responsible for the library is only assigned to it part time, does he or she have a second responsibility in the school? (e.g., classroom teacher, counselor, administrator, secretary, clerk) Yes No If yes, please tell us what that responsibility is: B. Please tell us if the person responsible for the library has support staff such as aides, clerks, para-professionals, parent/community volunteers, or other help -and, if so, how much and in what ways these people contribute to the library’s operation. Yes, the media specialist has one paraprofessional in the media center five days a week from 7:30 – 3:00. She checks out books for the students, re-shelves books, supervises students when they are in the media center and assists students in obtaining resources. Her main job is dealing with the students and assisting them with their reading.
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22. Please provide the following information concerning the budget for library books. Please use numbers only. Please no commas. (Please refer to the FAQ for items that are
considered part of the budget for library books).

School Year

*Total Library Book Budget Provided by the Governing Body

Total Library Magazine/Serial Budget Provided by the Governing Body

**Money from Student other sources used Enrollment for books or magazines (such as grants, PTA, education foundations, etc.)

***Per Pupil Library Book Budget

2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012

3622.00 3342.60 3283.20

included included included

0 0 0

290 295 294

12.49 11.33 11.17

* A book is a hardbound print or Braille volume or an audio-book on audio-tape or CD-ROM to be added to either the circulating or reference section of the school's central library collection. **not used to calculate per pupil library book budget. ***will be calculated automatically if in Microsoft Explorer.

23. Please provide a brief commentary on the budget history and its adequacy. If you receive no financial support from your district or principal, please explain what you think the reason may be. Currently, our budget allows us to get basic material for our media center. Since our district has felt tremendous budget cuts, there is a need for additional financial resources to help us keep our collection current for our students’ needs. 24. How many books are there in your school library? 17,493 How many books per student in your library*: 59.5
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25. What is the distance to the nearest public library? Less than 1 mile 26. How much access do students have to your library? Please check all that apply. Regularly scheduled class visits  Students may visit the library on their own during class time  The library is open before school for student use  The library is open at lunch for student use The library is open after school for student use The library is open one or more week-nights The library is open on the week-end for student use

27. Please describe the priority need(s) of the school library book collection in relation to the curriculum. Our school media center is in need of fictional and non-fiction books for our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders for their reading time in the mornings. We create our reading classes based on their reading levels. So, we need multiple copies of books because an entire class would be using the books and we may have several classes on the same reading level. We want the books to be interesting to the students and the material to be that which the students can relate to. Reading material that the children will enjoy will perhaps encourage them to fall in love with reading and be lifelong readers. This answer is limited to 1500 characters, or about 150 words. Characters left:
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28. Given that $6000 cannot deliver universal library improvement, on which need(s) will you concentrate? How will you focus book selection to maximize the effect the grant money may have? In order to meet the needs of our students, we will conduct a survey that will ask students the type of reading material and topics that they are most interested in. At that point, we will try to locate the fictional and non-fictional books that fit the categories that the students suggested. Once we begin finding the material, we will look at reviews on the books from professional organizations to verify that they will be most beneficial to our students’ learning needs.
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29. You were asked in Question #8 above if this school had previously received an LBF grant. If the answer to that question was “no”, please skip to Question #30 below. If the answer was “yes”, please briefly describe how the money was used. If yes, please briefly describe how the money was used. A. What need(s) did that grant address in your school?
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B. What impact has it had on your students, library, and school?
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30. Please provide a budget outline showing the kinds of books or magazines you will buy. Please list only categories, types, and numbers of books - and not individual titles. Since we are asking for $ 5000.00, we will put half of the grant money on fictional books and half of the money on non-fictional books that are determined to meet the needs of our students based on the survey that the students completed on their interests and the reviews from professional organizations. We will use these books to encourage reading in their reading classes.
Please remember that the Laura Bush Foundation can only fund school library book and magazine requests. We are unable to honor requests for shelving, furniture, equipment, staffing, software, videos, guides, tests or exams, classroom book sets or other similar items. This answer is limited to 1000 characters, or about 100 words. Characters left:
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31. As much as you can, please describe (a) the specific students who will use the books or magazines and (b) why they particularly need them. The students that will be using these books will be 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who are reading below grade level. These students are in reading classes each day in order for the students to read daily to improve their reading with the goal of getting them on grade level. These new materials will help get them to reading on their grade level.
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32. Did you collaborate with teachers and students to determine the need for these books? Yes No

If yes, please describe the process. I did a survey for the students to find their interests in order to locate books that they will enjoy. I also collaborated with teachers to get their input on books that needed to be purchased and to determine if their were any books that would follow along with their curriculum that they would like to see added to the reading material. 33. If your school receives the grant, how will you work with teachers, students, or others to assure that the books are used? The books will immediately be put into the different reading levels for the students to use in their reading classes. The teachers will be notified of the new additions to our collection immediately. The teachers will then get them into the hands of the students to read.

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34. How much and what kinds of library support exist within your school (e.g. collaborative instructional planning; community partnerships; administrative support; funding; scheduling)? Our media center is supported and utilized by administration as well the faculty of the school. The media specialist collaborates often with faculty to improve learning in their academic classes for all students. The media specialist works well with all teachers.
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35. Every school is unique. What distinguishes yours? Please provide additional information about your school, library, and students that you think the committee should have in evaluating your request for funds. Particularly address anything that demonstrates a unique and compelling book need among your students. Tell us your story. Tell us your students’ stories. Wrens Middle School is located in a very poor county. We are in a rural area where most of our students come from families with very low incomes. The majority of our students come from single parent families and a large percentage of these families do not have jobs. With the economy the way that it is, students and their families have been hit hard. A large percentage of parents of our children did not go to college and/or did not finish college. So, the administration, faculty and staff of Wrens Middle School try to do as much as we possibly can to provide students with what they will need academically so that they will become productive citizens of society after graduation.
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36. How did you learn about the opportunity to apply to the Laura Bush Foundation for a grant award? Check all that apply. Professional journal (please specify:  LBF website LBF brochure Vendor/Commercial Publisher At a conference or convention (please specify: Online discussion group (please specify:
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STATEMENT OF ASSURANCE REQUIRED 37. If your school is selected as a recipient of a Laura Bush Foundation grant, do you agree to participate in the Foundation’s evaluation program? Yes No

38. If your school is selected as a recipient of a Laura Bush Foundation grant, do you agree to participate in publicity to promote the goals of the Foundation and for information from this application to be used? Yes No

39. I, Julia Wells, principal of the Wrens Middle School, hereby certify the accuracy of the information provided in the application and fully support its submission. I also certify of this application to the Laura Bush Foundation to support the school library and the project described therein. Further, I certify that funds granted by the Laura Bush Foundation will not be used to supplant money normally budgeted for the Wrens Middle School library program. I understand that these funds are to be used for supplemental funding only and may only be spent for books or magazines. I also agree to have the information we have submitted to be included as part of aggregated, anonymous data used for research purposes. If our school is funded, we agree to participate in publicity to promote the goals of the Foundation and to submit on the use of the funds a year after funds are received. Date: 09/30/11 Please remember that only this on-line application is official. We cannot accept any faxed, e-mailed, or printed applications. Once you submit this application, it cannot be changed or retrieved. If additional applications are received from your school, only the first will be considered.

Please look over your application one more time before submitting. Please double-check that you are not requesting funds for anything except books -- that is, for hardbound print or Braille volumes, for audio-books on audio-tape or CDROM, for e-books to be added to either the circulating or reference section of the school's central library collection -- or for magazine/serial copies or subscriptions. Please also double-check that you have answered every part of every question. We are trying to build a profile of your school and its book needs. Unanswered items leave questions and reduce your chances of receiving funds. We also recommend that you save your content information into your own Word file before submission. Thank you for your interest in the Laura Bush Foundation. Best wishes for continued success in the important work you do.

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