COLUMBUS, OH—The following is pulled from an article that was included in one of our sponsor’s, the Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, monthly newsletter. We are very grateful for the library, our volunteers, and the shoutout in the newsletter.
Buckeye Preparatory Academy, a BCHF-sponsored school in Columbus, kicked off the school year by dedicating its new library. The dedication celebration, held at the school on August 24, included an ice cream social and school open house.
A vision for the library began with the opening of the school in the fall of 2014, in a fully re-furbished, former Columbus City Schools’ building. Remodeled spaces included a room full of empty shelves just waiting for books! The school’s new leader, Principal Renee Dunn Bolton, was eager to encourage K-5 students to read.
Buckeye Community Hope Foundation (BCHF) collaborated with the school and its management company, Cambridge Education Group, to secure a grant from Books for America, a non-profit group that supports book distributions to those in need. Thanks to the grant, about 5,000 new and used books arrived at the school in the middle of a busy school year.
Over one hundred boxes of books needed to be unpacked and organized—a tall order for the school in the midst of a busy school year! BCHF reached out to Mrs. Marty Grote, a retired school librarian and wife of Dr. Mike Grote, BCHF school improvement representative. What started as a consultation became a labor of love as Marty unpacked books, organized them, and made suggestions as to how the books might be checked out and used. By the end of the school year, the library was organized and ready. A few extra books made their way into the collection as BCHF and school personnel made donations. (Dr. Mike added a few books on math!)
The library dedication celebration was organized by Principal Bolton and Mindy Farry from BCHF’s school improvement team. As part of the dedication, Marty Grote was honored for her many hours of volunteer service. Peggy Young, director of BCHF’s Education Division, presented a plaque that hangs in the library that reads:
“This library is dedicated to The Children of Buckeye Preparatory Academy and to Al Generations of Readers. ‘Books are a uniquely portable magic.’”—Stephen King.