Joe DiMercurio, Malibu High School
For as long as I can remember, and I’ve been with SMMUSD for a long time now, the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation has been a supporter of our school libraries. Maybe it’s because our goals as a library system are so similar to the mission of the foundation. Maybe it’s because we come from a wonderfully supportive community that just loves books and the adventure that is reading. Whatever the reason, the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation has been critical in ensuring that our libraries have the resources that students need and want. When state and district funds have been squeezed by budget cuts, the Education Foundation has been there to sustain us. When funds have been abundant, the Education Foundation and the libraries have worked together targeting areas of special curricular need. Our libraries would not be the special places each is without the support of Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation.