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Quincy school wins NEA library award

The Snug Harbor Community School of Quincy is the recipient of a $5,000 Read Across America Library Book Award. The lead applicant for the award is Margaret A. O'Neill, media specialist.

Nationwide, 36 libraries will benefit from the new NEA Foundation awards.  The award was open to all NEA members who are practicing preK-12 public school teachers or education support professionals, and employed by schools in which at least 40 percent of the students are eligible for the free/reduced-price lunch program. 

The foundation makes these one-time awards on behalf of the National Education Association (NEA), with generous support from Warner Brothers, Inc., as part of the Polar Express Reading Challenge.  In 2004, NEA, Warner Bros. Inc. and Houghton-Mifflin teamed up to create the Polar Express Reading Challenge, which asked students around the country to read books in order to raise funds for under-resourced school libraries. The overwhelming response by students around the country resulted in the generous donation of $200,000 by Warner Bros. for the Read Across America Library Book Awards.

NEA's Read Across America is the National Education Association's year-round literacy program designed to reach readers of all ages, skills, and interests and build a nation of readers.

The NEA Foundation offers grants and programs that support educators' efforts to close the achievement gaps, increase classroom innovations, salute excellence in education, and provide professional development. Created by the members of the National Education Association in 1969, the foundation is sustained by their continuing contributions, as well as those of dedicated corporate sponsors and committed friends. 

For more information, visit www.neafoundation.org.  To learn about MTA's literacy programs, visit www.readingmatters.org.