Photo by Mike Thomas.
The parent association at PS 191 on West 61st street has begun a fundraising drive to raise $30,000 for a new library inside the school. PA President Kajsa Reaves started the drive last week, and they had raised $1,308 as of Monday morning.
“This would not simply be a room that houses books. It would be a dedicated space in which children would read, study, enhance their writing skills, and receive much needed extra help through mentoring and tutoring programs. Unfortunately, as with so many schools across NYC, PS 191 does not receive sufficient funding from the DOE to offer such resources, and our PTA alone cannot raise sufficient funds to realize the effort.”
The funds will go to buying book cases and shelves, floor coverings, paint, tables, desks, chairs, and other supplies. Some money will also be used to deconstruct a wall between two adjoining rooms. They’re also working separately on getting money to hire a librarian. The school has already received hundreds of books from parents at PS 199 on West 70th street.