Johanna Riddle receives grant to rebuild media center

June 9th, 2010

Johanna Riddle with Laura Bush

When the former Samsula School (now Samsula Academy)  in Volusia County, Florida, became a charter school in 2008, one of the biggest task facing teachers, students, and the community was rebuilding the school’s media center.

Because charter schools cannot receive capital dollars that fund regular public school media centers, Samsula Academy had to rely on book fairs, fundraisers, and cash and book donations to resurrect its media collection. Now a $6,000 grant from the Laura Bush Foundation will help the school reestablish a cutting edge media center. Johanna Riddle, the school’s media specialist and author of Engaging the Eye Generation received the award from Mrs. Bush during a ceremony at Jose de Diego Middle School in Miami-Dade County.

“I’ve dubbed the rebuilding effort ‘Project Phoenix’,” said Johanna. “It seems that even though our school has been around since 1912, circumstances continue to consider new incarnations for the shape and focus of our little school. But that’s what keeps us growing.” Johanna said that when the school received the grant, she was moved by the many students who thanked her for getting books for their school. “It was very touching, and it reminds me that I am in the right place”

Since its inception, the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries has funded more than $7.3 million to 1,433 schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Norhern Mariana Islands.

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