June 22, 2018 – Twenty Prince William County Schools have received Little Free Libraries thanks to a $3,495 grant the Prince William SPCA. The project began last September and wrapped up right before the school year ended. Special thanks goes out to Mr. John Dolan, a teacher at Beville Middle School, for facilitating this project. His students received the library kits and constructed them over the past school year.
While the scope of books at the new libraries will not be limited to animal themes, the Prince William SPCA will work to provide a selection of animal books at each of the schools. Books about animals teach children empathy, which can go a long way in battling so many challenges the students face every day. Children who care about animals will also care about their fellow classmates, adults and other people in the community. Anything the Prince William SPCA can do to foster this compassion is a win-win for the children and society as a whole. We are looking forward to having more places where we can share these great books with young people and have them available 24/7.
Funding for the Little Free Libraries donation is made possible by the Prince William SPCA’s “PWSPCA Youth” program, which supports projects that focus on young animal lovers who are under 18 years of age. The Prince William SPCA sponsors 13,000 copies of KIND News magazine which is distributed annually in local schools. The magazine, which is available free of charge in K-6 classrooms, teaches empathy and encourages reading. The Prince William SPCA has also sponsored scholarships, an essay contest, scout programs and other educational programs geared toward youth.
Little Free Libraries have been delivered to the following schools and should be installed and ready for when the students return in August. Watch our Facebook page for updates and more details on ribbon cutting ceremonies.
Covington Harper ES
Lake Ridge ES
Loch Lomond ES
Rosa Parks ES
West Gate ES