XENIA — The Xenia Community Schools Foundation (XCSF) recently announced the first round of classroom and library grants, totaling more than $9,000 for the 2014-2015 school year.
This year the Foundation is supporting several library grants. The largest request was submitted by Xenia Community Schools District Librarian Kay Gerspacher. The application identified the need for funds for biography book purchases. The XCSF has funded similar genre-focused book grants in prior years. The Foundation recognizes that need for new reading resources is an integral part of the ongoing educational process.
The “Reading for Life” grant will provide for the purchase of biographies to be housed in the libraries at the five elementary and two middle schools. Approximately 2,000 third-eighth graders will be able to use these new resources for research, reports and reading. The Foundation is providing $4,000 to purchase 30-40 books per building.
The Xenia Community Foundation funded two library grant requests, also submitted by Gerspacher for the 2013-2014 school year. The “Nonfiction Reader Grant” and “Top Shelf Fiction Grant” received a total of $4,000. Elementary building libraries received books that had a science or history theme consistent with the Common Core. Middle schools benefited from the purchase of current full-length novels written in the past couple of years.
The Xenia Community Schools Foundation awards grants to teachers and staff of the Xenia Community Schools. Projects are geared towards enriching student learning. Some applications represent district-wide initiatives. All the grants for Xenia Community School students and teachers are beyond what regular school funding can provide.
Xenia Community Schools Foundation, formerly known as the Xenia Educational Endowment Fund, is an Ohio non-profit 501(C) (3) corporation. Gifts made to the XCSF qualify as tax deductible charitable contributions. The XCSF’s purpose, among others, is to seek funding to be used for the benefit of faculty and students by embracing or going beyond the usual. For information about the XCSF, visit the website (xcsfoundation.com), Facebook (Xenia Community Schools Foundation) or call the Chamber at (937) 372-3591.