Because of the pandemic, schools across the country have had to cancel book fairs. At KPS, the libraries lost over $15,000 in revenue and were unable to use those funds to purchase new and exciting books for students. CLASS Act recognized this need and made a $10,000 donation to support elementary, middle, and high school libraries.
"As a Board, we discussed the importance of reading and the need for more books and decided to expand above and beyond our annual gift to include an additional $10,000 to be given to our libraries district-wide," said Pam Hill, CLASS Act Director.
CLASS Act is a community-based volunteer organization established in 2005 to provide additional resources to KPS classrooms. The CLASS Act mission is to support Kearney Public Schools' academics, technology, athletics, fine arts, and safety issues district-wide. In 2020, Class Act gave our students, teachers, and schools over $84,000 to fulfill the mission.
In 2020 the CLASS Act event was held virtually because of the pandemic. Despite these unprecedented times, the organization continues to support and provide classroom grants across KPS.
"The additional support of CLASS Act is vital in our schools," said Emerson Principal Jenn True. "We have received books, technology, xylophones, Ozobots, STEAM materials, anti-bullying curriculum, and so much more. We are thankful for the businesses, organizations, and individuals that support our schools through CLASS Act. There are many extraordinary educational opportunities provided by these gifts."