The Barrington 220 school libraries will be bursting with new books and e-readers thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Barrington Library, a group that will dissolve later this year.
The Friends have gifted the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation $166,090 to fund book and e-book collections, Kindle Paperwhites and summer reading programs. This donation is one of the largest one-time monetary donations in the Foundation’s history.
Officially organized in 1977, Friends of the Barrington Library, a not-for-profit group, raised nearly $750,000 to support the Barrington Area Library over its lifetime. The Friends President Mark Spreyer, a 1974 Barrington High School graduate, looks back at the dozens of fundraising books sales the group held with nostalgia.
“There was some community goodwill that came from those book sales that I don’t think will be there again. I hope the same goodwill can continue in Barrington 220,” he said.
Both Barrington 220 and the Foundation are grateful to the Friends for their generosity.
“Funding of this magnitude will be transformational for our students and teachers,” said Barrington 220 Media Services Director LeeAnn Taylor.
“This generous gift will positively touch every student within District 220 to help ensure reading resources remain strong and on the cutting edge of educational innovations,” said Donna Penyak, Barrington 220 Educational Foundation Chairperson.
The Barrington 220 Educational Foundation finds the funds for initiatives that enhance learning but are not otherwise supported by tax revenues. To learn more about the Foundation, visit 220foundation.org.
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