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  • Blott Guy PreK-6
  • Youngstown, OH
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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The compelling story for our students and this project is a belief that literacy builds life-long learners. The major factor that provides impetus for this proposal is a lack of finances due to budget cuts. We lost a media center aide and a budget for library books. We are now in desperate need of additional updated books to add to our collection. The role of the library media center is to provide and extend support to what happens in the classroom and other enrichment programs for our students. As an extension of the classroom, the library media center is a wonderful asset to offer new and diverse books to foster a love of reading in our youngest learners. This love of reading will follow them through their educationally formative years. We can entice our students to read for enjoyment which then has an impact on what they are required to read in their future academic pursuits. A key concept of learning to read is choosing the right kind of book. In my role of district library media specialist, I read aloud to our students on a continual basis. In this way, I lend support to the standard that relates to "having students listen to informational read-alouds in the early grades helps to lay the necessary foundation for our students' reading and understanding of increasingly complex texts on their own in subsequent grades". By adding picture books, beginning readers, fiction, and nonfiction informational text, the library can address the need of closing any literacy deficits that challenge or hinder some of our readers. With the funding of our request for 36 new titles, we can continue to provide a comprehensive reading program designed to develop proficient readers with the capacity to comprehend texts across a varied range of types and disciplines.

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The compelling story for our students and this project is a belief that literacy builds life-long learners. The major factor that provides impetus for this proposal is a lack of finances due to budget cuts. We lost a media center aide and a budget for library books. We are now in desperate need of additional updated books to add to our collection. The role of the library media center is to provide and extend support to what happens in the classroom and other enrichment programs for our students. As an extension of the classroom, the library media center is a wonderful asset to offer new and diverse books to foster a love of reading in our youngest learners. This love of reading will follow them through their educationally formative years. We can entice our students to read for enjoyment which then has an impact on what they are required to read in their future academic pursuits. A key concept of learning to read is choosing the right kind of book. In my role of district library media specialist, I read aloud to our students on a continual basis. In this way, I lend support to the standard that relates to "having students listen to informational read-alouds in the early grades helps to lay the necessary foundation for our students' reading and understanding of increasingly complex texts on their own in subsequent grades". By adding picture books, beginning readers, fiction, and nonfiction informational text, the library can address the need of closing any literacy deficits that challenge or hinder some of our readers. With the funding of our request for 36 new titles, we can continue to provide a comprehensive reading program designed to develop proficient readers with the capacity to comprehend texts across a varied range of types and disciplines.

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