USD 214 Receives Grants For Library Renovations

H.U.G.S. team presents check to USD 214 staff

Pioneer Electric makes the grade after presenting a $1,000 grant to the Sullivan Elementary and Ulysses High School libraries. The grants were awarded as part of Pioneer Electric’s Helping Us Give to Society or H.U.G.S. program and will be used to help renovate these spaces and make them more accommodating for students.

“The library is a major hub of the school and students and faculty come here for a variety of reasons,” said Jennifer Burns, Ulysses High School library media specialist.

“We want to update what we currently have and create a space that is more conducive to student learning. The funds will be used to purchase tables that can be easily moved around and provide flexible seating options for students.”

Form and function are also the hopes for the library staff at Sullivan Elementary School. The funds provided by H.U.G.S. will be used to help with the installation of new book shelves to update the space.

“Some of the shelves that we currently have don’t provide enough vertical space for new books,” said Tammi Mitchell, librarian for Sullivan Elementary School.

“By installing adjustable shelves, we can adjust accordingly to the size of the books. This will help maintain our current collection of books and hopefully cut down on the number of replacements. Hopefully this will allow us to be able to spend less on replacing and more on adding new titles to the library.”

In addition to the H.U.G.S. grant, Pioneer Electric was able to surprise the district with $2,000 courtesy of CoBank (a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States and Pioneer Electric’s main lender). This grant was awarded through CoBank’s Sharing Success program. Members of the H.U.G.S. team were able to apply for the grant on the behalf of the district and were excited to pass along the news.

“We’re honored to be able to be a part of this great project,” said Anita Wendt, vice president of energy services and H.U.G.S. member.

“Community is important to us. After all, the cooperative is not just a ‘power company’, it is members and employees working together to serve southwest Kansas. Being able to pass along this opportunity is wonderful and we hope that these improvements will leave a lasting impact on these students.”