Books, books and more books – RIF grant supports Confluence students
Books, books and more books – RIF grant supports Confluence students
Posted on 06/25/2014
logoRIF booksReading is Fundamental, with support from Macy’s, awarded Confluence Charter Schools an opportunity to choose books for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Confluence selected 3,400 fiction and nonfiction titles to share among three schools – Confluence Academy-Old North, Confluence Academy-South City and Confluence Academy-Walnut Park.

Confluence Academy-Old North set up a store for students to shop for books by reading level.

“Students were excited and anxious to start reading their books,” said Kiersten Saenz, instructional coach. “The students were thrilled about all of the nonfiction text, and the chatter happening amongst our youngsters was simply amazing.”

The list included lots of titles about animals, and many that are only seen at a zoo. The animal books were a hit for young readers.

“The students were thrilled to learn what animal babies are called and their excitement was contagious,” said Saenz.

“Putting books in the hands of our kids is what we need to do in order for them to form a love for reading,” she said.

At Confluence Academy-South City, students were invited to the library to choose their books. Christopher Stevens, librarian, used Scholastic Book Wizard to organize the books by reading level. Students were encouraged to pick two books – one for their reading level and another that was either more challenging or easy for siblings at home to read.

RIF booksStevens said there were about 100 books left after everyone had a chance to visit the library. The remaining books were given to classrooms and to students.

“The kids loved the books!” said Stevens.

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