S364A060358Iditarod Area School District REAA #1P.O. Box 90McGrath, AK 99627Karen Ladegard(907) 524-3033Recommended Grant: $206,055The Iditarod Area School District (IASD) is headquartered in McGrath, Alaska inAlaska’s interior on the Kuskokwim River, 221 miles northwest of Anchorage. IASDserves eight communities and eight schools ranging in size from 10 to 60 students, andenrolls 346 students in grades K through 12. The communities are linked by air travelonly; there are no roads connecting the eight schools. Funds from the Improving LiteracyThrough School Libraries grant program will be used to support the hiring of a certifiedlibrary media specialist who will identify existing resources at the schools, order newmaterials, and train staff on ways to improve literacy by integrating non-fiction trade books, magazines, and multi-media materials into all content areas. The library mediaspecialist will also provide training in library skills and information literacy to all libraryaides and classroom teachers, primarily by video and audio conference delivery, but alsothrough district-wide in-service trainings and occasional site visits.S364A060371Kashunamiut School District985 Ksd WayChevak, AK 99563Gary Stevens(907) 858-7713Recommended Grant: $277,525The Kashunamiut School district is a one-site school district housing Chevak School, aschool that serves a remote rural community of 900 Cup’ik Eskimos located in thewilderness 650 miles west of Anchorage. The school itself serves 328 students. There isno public library; the school library is the only repository of the written word in thevillage of Chevak. With funds from the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program, the school district will add to the collection, add technology to the library mediacenter, hire a library media specialist, and offer the library media center’s resources tostudents, families, and community members during extended hours.