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May 05, 2022

Congresswoman Bourdeaux Attends Multilingual Book Donation Celebration at Graves Elementary

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) visited Graves Elementary School to celebrate Preface Project’s donation of multilingual children’s books that will empower students from all backgrounds to learn. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux was joined by the founder of Preface Project JT Wu, Graves Elementary School Principal Monica Bell, Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock’s Outreach Director Martha Revelo, Gwinnett Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson, District 2 Commissioner Ben Ku, and Norcross Mayor Craig Newton.

“As a daughter of teachers and the mom of an elementary schooler, I understand the power of books and the impact reading can have on a child’s life,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux. “This donation meets our students where they are and nourishes the immense diversity of our Gwinnett community. Students of all backgrounds at Graves Elementary will now have greater access to learning and enjoy the power of books in a language they can understand.”

Preface Project is an award-winning, Georgia-based, and Gwinnett County Public School approved tutoring partner. Through their Legacy Gift program, Preface Project donates diverse, representative, and multilingual children’s books to elementary schools. The tutoring program helps kids in the diverse Gwinnett County Public Schools learn to read. Graves Elementary School, who received hundreds of books, serves a predominantly Spanish-speaking population.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux has advocated for expanded access to educational resources for children across the district. For fiscal year 2022, Rep. Bourdeaux secured funding for 10 important community projects in Georgia’s 7th District to the House Appropriations Committee and has requested 15 new projects for 2023. Two projects assist families and help prioritize the educational growth of our district’s youngest:

  • Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Building Babies Brains initiatives received $775,000 to support early childhood education. The funding will assist families from underserved communities and support their childrens’ readiness for Kindergarten to set our youngest up for long-term success. 
  • Ser Familia’s Center for Family and Emotional Support was funded $462,000 to offer preventative family services and equip Latino families with the resources needed to move from crisis to thriving. 

Rep. Bourdeaux is also working to utilize the Library of Congress’s surplus books program to donate the Library of Congress’s surplus books to schools and educational institutions in the district.

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Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure. 

Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford