About a week ago we cited a report by the AJC about The New Schools at Carver getting a $3,000 Youth Literacy Grant from Dollar General Stores. What the AJC, and we, failed to add was that Jean Childs Young Middle School also got in on the money in the form of a $5,000 Back-to-School grant!
“We are going to use the grant to purchase fiction and nonfiction books and equipment that will support our media program and reading initiatives — books for the library collection, class sets of books, audio books/books-on-tape, listening stations, radio/CD players, speakers for laptop use, etc.,” Young Media Specialist Lisa Gaither tells us. “Our reform model is Direct Instruction. One of the components is the novel study class. As a class, students read the same book.
“Currently, we are in need of more books to support this aspect of our reading program,” Gaither continues. “The grant will allow us to purchase enough books to build class sets of different titles. Our collection is also outdated. We will use the funds to purchase books with more recent copyright dates and books that reflect the students’ interests, reading levels and culture.”