Congratulations to Spencer-Westlawn Elementary School for winning the Gulf Coast Resource Conservation and Development Grant for $6,400 in new books for the school library. These books will enhance the GAB and Read Time which encourages students to engage in a 30 minute period of silent reading at the end of each day.
The school is in the process of updating its antiquated library inventory in which the average book publication date is extremely old and becomes uninteresting to students. The media specialist discovered that the demands were much greater than the library supply, especially as it relates to chapter books. The goal is to increase students’ reading levels by promoting a balance between fiction and nonfiction books. This will help students perform well on the reading potion of the ARMT+ which includes literary, recreational, functional, textual, and information texts. Each student is required to check out one fiction and one nonfiction book weekly. Although the desire to read has increased, students were only able to get those books of interest by somewhat of a lottery system because there were so few to go around due to limited funding.
Spencer-Westlawn is committed to educating students with the use of various genres and activities that will increase students’ motivation to read such as GAB and Read Time, Community Reading Buddies, Books Fairs, literacy nights, Read Across America, Read the Most from Coast to Coast, Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration, the Camellia State Children’s Choice Award, favorite book character dress up, and more.
With the help of this grant, they have added more than 400 new and exciting books to the library collection and the students are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to check them out! The excitement for reading at school grows every day, and school teachers expect that reading scores will grow along with it!
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