Help me give my students a colorful carpet in the library with an individual square for up to 30 students, so they can all be great listeners and learners.
Our PreK-5th grade student population is very diverse with a high poverty rate. 74% of our students are minorities and 39% are English Language Learners. 85% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Despite their economic and social challenges, our students have made significant strides in academic achievement and are eager learners.
Recently, in state-wide testing, our school progressed two levels higher on the Iowa School Performance Profiles going from "needs improvement" to "commendable".
Our school is the first and only community school in Iowa. The Zach Johnson Foundation program: Kids on Course and the Boys and Girls Club of the Corridor both have year-round programs at our school.
Our library is the hub of the school. Students attend weekly library classes and book check out. Gifted students, students receiving speech and language services, and reading groups all work with teachers in the library. They also access the library during after school and summer programs. Teachers and support staff attend meetings and professional learning in the library.
In our library storytime area, we currently have a small, carpet remnant which is inadequate for our class sizes. It is difficult to manage students as they come into the library, so they make good choices about where they sit. Students often try to squeeze on the too-small rug, crowding each other. Other times students step over other children to fit between two other children.
A new library rug will be inviting for students to sit on and help with classroom management.
When our students enter the library, they will be directed to sit on a colored square on the rug. The rug has 30 squares, so it can accommodate even large classes. Students will each have their own space on the library rug, so they can be great listeners and learners.
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