PSJA ISD receives 35K books from Molina Foundation
National nonprofit organization The Molina Foundation has awarded PSJA ISD a grant that offers the district about 35,400 books as part of their Families Learning Together Program.
The Families Learning Together program was created as a way to provide resources to help children, parents and families create word-filled homes by reading and learning together. To date, The Molina Foundation has sent 294,550 books worth more than $2.48 million to Texas this year. Of these, nearly 220,000 books worth more than $1.9 million have benefited children and families in the Rio Grande Valley.
“We are thankful to The Molina Foundation for gifting our district with an entire truckload of books,” said PSJA Superintendent Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo. “This will mean so much to our students and families. I'm sure they will be excited to start their new reading adventures soon.”
PSJA Library Services Director Nora Galvan applied for the grant in late June as a way to offer additional literacy opportunities for students for this upcoming school year.
“The Molina Foundation is a generous organization,” Galvan said. “With the shelter-in-place currently in order, I am hoping our students can have more books to add to their home library.”
The truckload, which arrived to the district on Thursday, July 23, contains books for students of all grade levels and has an in-kind value of $309,396.
“This is going to be an amazing opportunity for our students,” said PSJA Chief Academic Officer Dr. Rudy Trevino. “Students will have an array of titles to pick from and will only expand their knowledge and love of reading.”
In addition to The Molina Foundation grant, the PSJA Library Services Department also recently received a 1,000 book donation from the South Texas Literacy Coalition, a literary outreach program.
“We have been working on creating lessons for our students for this upcoming school year and these book grants are definitely going to help us continue to support our students,” Galvan said.