Frostig School Enhances STEM Learning with Snapdragaon Book Grant

Submitted by Snapdragon Book Foundation

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Frostig Librarian and Digital Specialist Jose Jimenez with some of the three dozen books purchased with the Snapdragon grant. PHOTO COURTESY FROSTIG SCHOOL

Frostig School, located in Pasadena, has been awarded a $600 grant by the Snapdragon Book Foundation.  The grant is being used to add to the library’s non-fiction collection.

Many of the new books will focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to support the school’s new STEM course offerings and weekly science labs.  Frostig School will also use the funds to fill gaps in its biology, arts and history collections. Frostig School enrolls 120 boys and girls who have a wide range of learning challenges. Hands-on courses, supported with new books, give students a different way to access and master curricula. In her grant application, librarian Helen Overstreet described how she helps students connect with the real world and provides avenues to lifelong learning by engaging them in books. She works to provide students with books about people who have successfully overcome similar learning challenges. Some titles include: “I am Malala,” “The Creation of Hip Hop” and “Birdology: 30 Activites.” Overstreet retired June 30, and Jose Jimenez has taken over her post as Frostig Librarian and Digital Specialist.

Frostig School was awarded one of 10 nationwide grants by The Snapdragon Book Foundation because of their dedication to serving a population faced with many challenges.  The Snapdragon Book Foundation hopes the grant will provide many high-quality books to support the students in their learning.

The Snapdragon Book Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides grants to public, private and experimental schools to buy books for the students who need them most. It was founded in 2008 by a former school librarian and has been able to provide about 10 grants a year to deserving schools. For more information, visit

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