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Au Gres-Sims Receives Grant from the Catherine and John Maser Au Gres Library Fund of the Bay Area Community Foundation
Au Gres-Sims Receives Grant from the Catherine and John Maser Au Gres Library Fund of the Bay Area Community Foundation
Jeff Collier
Monday, November 25, 2019

November 20, 2019

AU GRES, MI – Au Gres-Sims School District received a $14,171.00 grant from the Catherine and John Maser Au Gres Library Fund of the Bay Area Community Foundation.  These funds will support the creation of classroom libraries and literacy resources at the Au Gres-Sims secondary building.

A major initiative at Au Gres-Sims is to increase the literacy skills of all learners.  A focus in the secondary setting is to build classroom libraries and provide students increased access to a wide selection of reading materials, both in print and digitally.  This grant will afford Au Gres-Sims the opportunity to deliver an increased assortment of texts to students, such as; magazines, print books, current news periodicals, online text subscriptions, and digital literacy resources.

Jennifer Socha, the Instructional Services Director at Au Gres-Sims, stated, “In order to best support student reading competencies that are critical at the secondary academic level, a variety of texts must be available to meet our students’ interests.”  She added, “We are incredibly fortunate to have received the Catherine and John Maser Au Gres Library Fund grant to support the academic achievement of our learners, as well as the opportunity to foster a love of reading by immersing our students in an environment that is rich with literacy resources.” 

The Bay Area Community Foundation awards grants twice a year to local nonprofits and 501(c)(3)s in Bay and Arenac Counties.  The Foundation’s mission is to fulfill a wide array of donor’s charitable wishes by building permanent endowment funds and serving as a leader for community improvement through effective grant making and collaboration.

About Au Gres-Sims School District Au Gres-Sims School District, a "Destination District," is located in Arenac County, Michigan.  The district is nestled on the sunrise side of Lake Huron and includes the Charity Islands.  There are roughly 27 miles of shoreline, which ranges from natural frontage and sugar sand beaches to residential property.  Au Gres is renowned for offering an incredible quality of life, abundant natural resources, and a rich cultural history.

Au Gres-Sims School District is proud to be known as a “public school with a private school feel” for its combined strength in academic achievement and entire preschool through twelfth grade school experiences.  Au Gres-Sims is a progressive district that is recognized statewide, as well as nationally, for consistently and proactively modeling best educational practices using data-driven research and advanced instructional technology.  The district remains dedicated to creating a Culture of Learning that provides career and college resource opportunities for learners to gain advanced skill acquisition for an internationally competitive job market within a global economy.  To learn more about Au Gres-Sims School District, visit:

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