Friday, February 18, 2011

RGC High Library Seeks Help from Community; Funds for Needed Resources

RGCCISD Press Release
The Rio Grande City High School library is looking to parents, community members and businesses for help in raising funds for needed resources. The library is participating in a new online fundraising program called Funds4Books, sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources, a school library and classroom vendor with 26 years of experience. A total of $4500.00 is needed in order for the library to provide students and teachers with the resources they need for reading, research and curriculum supplements.

“There simply is not enough money in the budget to fill our library with the books our students and teachers need,” said Mrs. Guerrero, the school’s lead librarian. “The library plays a critical role in increasing literacy and test scores among students, as well as contributing to the lifelong joy of reading.”
For every $20 donated, the library can purchase a new book that is ready to be shelved and checked out. Most important, 100 percent of every donation goes to the library. To participate, donors can go to, and log in to Rio Grande City High School’s personal Funds4Books page with the code d79c. From there they can donate via credit card, echeck or check. For those without computer access or a credit card, the library will accept “Funds4Books” checks.

“We are so excited this new donation program is available for schools to raise much-needed money to purchase books and other learning materials,” said Mrs. Guerrero. “The fact that 100 percent of every donation comes right to the library is truly amazing and sets it far apart from other fundraising programs and book fairs. It doesn’t require staff or volunteer time, and all the books are labeled and shipped for free.”

Mackin Educational Resources, located in Burnsville, Minnesota, created the new Funds4Books program in response to nationwide school budget cuts and a struggling economy. Mackin works with librarians to analyze their inventory and determine what additional books should be purchased to effectively meet the unique needs of the school’s students and faculty.

“If everyone gives a little, we can reach our goal of $4500.00” said Mrs. Guerrero. “I can’t wait to see all those eager faces when the new books arrive.”    

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