GALT, Calif. — Right before going on winter break students at Galt’s Vernon Greer Elementary School are stocking up on reading material at the school’s library.
With all that activity it’s hard to believe that six of the Galt Elementary School District’s libraries were closed at the start of the school year; the reason according to Superintendent Karen Schauer is six years of budget cuts.
It didn’t sit well with students. “I didn’t like it because our classroom didn’t have that many books,” said fifth grader Madison Petersen.
It also didn’t sit well with parents like Leesa Klotz, “Couldn’t fathom that.”
Klotz did something about it and helped organize the Save Galt School Libraries group. They’ve partnered with Galt businesses and held fundraisers to raise $34,000 which keeps the libraries open through January.
That effort also helped the district win a $10-million Race to the Top grant. Schauer said part of the grant money will upgrade and keep the libraries open next school year, “Transform every one of our school libraries into what we are calling bright future centers.”
However the grant money doesn’t come until July, so the group is working on raising $35,000 to get them to June.
The group plans on holding a recycling fundraiser on January 26, 2013.
For more information or to make a donation contact the District, email WeCanSaveTheLibraries@hotmail.com or visit their Save Galt Libraries Facebook page.