Galt Joint Union Elementary School District's effort to reopen its libraries is a contender in Raley's annual grant competition. Winners are determined by the number of online votes a nominated project receives. Voting ends Friday.
The region's top vote-getter will receive $10,000 from the Raley's Reach program. Galt's project is in the greater Sacramento Region which includes 58 nominations from Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties.
As of press time, the idea to open all of the district's libraries was about 800 votes behind the top project, a Sacramento middle school's plan for field trips to tour area colleges.
"While I'm excited to be in the top three, we clearly need more help from our community to put us over the top," Galt school board president John Gordon said. "This is will probably the easiest opportunity to obtain $10,000 for our libraries."
The district is working to raise $116,000 collectively to re-open its school libraries. They were shuttered this school year due to a lack of funds.
There is a community-wide effort currently underway to raise the necessary funding, as it costs $16,000 monthly to operate all of the district's libraries.
Five Lodi Unified schools have submitted ideas within Region 4, along with other Central Valley schools, but haven't received as much support.
Heritage Elementary School's fifth-graders need funding for programs like the Heritage Clean Up Patrol and the Lodi Youth Running Club, while Lodi High School Honor Band is looking for grants for more instructors.
Students at Joe Serna Jr. Charter School want to build a playground with no bark or dirt, and Woodbridge Elementary School would like classroom supplies that teachers are now paying for out of pocket.
Elkhorn School has requested funding for a wireless Internet connection on campus to power more advanced teaching devices, like iPads.
The idea with the most votes in Region 4 comes from a school in Riverbank. Crossroads Elementary School has tallied 1,523 votes to improve art programs in their classrooms.
News-Sentinel staff writer Sara Jane Pohlman contributed to this report.