Officials at the new St. Joseph School library in Mountain View announced they have received a "book challenge" grant donation from a Mountain View couple who will double all other donations the library receives up to the limit of the grant.
The grant is designed to motivate other donors who can match their gift while helping the library quickly build its collection. Each donor will be recognized with a plaque in every book purchased with their donation and the matching dollars it earns. The students and staff of the school are working hard to exceed a goal of more than 1,000 new book donations by June.
School Librarian Debbie Baker, who opened the library this September said, "The library is meant to be an integral part of the school and reinforces classroom topics. At the library each student can expand their learning in the areas that interest them most. We just need more books for the students to work with. We're hoping to hear from more donors who share our vision of a well stocked school library."
In addition to the couple's donation, an additional grant of $1,000 is expected from Sun Microsystems Foundation, which partially matches the donations of Sun employees.
"I was delighted to receive this grant and hope we can fully utilize it through additional donations from the community," said Kay Ingalls, principal of the school. "Doubling your donation and having each book recognize you as a donor should inspire those who support education and want to help us reach our goal. Filling the library shelves is a great way to help a school."
"We are pleased to have the support of local companies like Sun which value education. The high-tech boom has directly benefited the community in this case. The book challenge grant was made in shares of Sun stock. Donations of appreciated stock are encouraged by the income tax laws. Both the school and the donor get special benefits in this case. We hope to hear from others who have benefited from high tech stocks and want to give the next generation the tools for a good education while receiving tax advantages."
People who are interested in making donations of money, stock or books to the book challenge should contact the school at 967-1839. A list of targeted books the library would like to purchase is available. Donors can select specific books to place in the library under their name if desired.
Residents are invited to tour the school and library at on open house Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1120 Miramonte Ave., in Mountain View.
St. Joseph School has 297 students in kindergarten through eight grade. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin. The school's mission is to provide strong academic skills and values to its students.
For more information, call 967-1839.