Students here have a hunger to learn, be heard and be challenged intellectually. This Title I school is a small-knit community with only a little over 300 students on the fifth floor of a building in the South Bronx. What some people might consider an isolation and impediment actually gives us the space we need to foster strong relationships with and high expectations of our young learners.
Being newcomers and descendants of people from Latin America, the African continent and its diaspora, many of these students have great English language needs and even greater cultural strengths.
It is here where they are able to fully embrace their identity and use it to foster positive socio-emotional development and academic success.
We know that the more kids read, the better they'll read. With this in mind, our golden rule is: Put back any book you don't like. We practice this because we know that the best way to get kids to read is by letting them choose the books themselves. However, by the 8th grade, our middle-schoolers have seen every classroom library and often feel that the possibility of finding a new book that fits their interest is slim to none.
With this project, not only will our libraries be replenished, but we'll guarantee student interest because it is comprised of self-selected texts that are going to fly off the shelves.
Not only will this directly impact the student(s) who voted on a certain book, that student(s) will then be able to sell that book to other students now that it is in the classroom and spread the love of reading. Help us bring this to life and bring more options and excitement to our independent reading period!
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