The students at our middle school are the most genuine and kindest I've come across since I began teaching. They are exceptionally community and family oriented and that has been all the difference as we have yet again had to come together after the catastrophic damage from Hurricane Florence. Our entire school district is classified as Title I, and most of the schools have been identified as "at risk". As we are positioned in the notorious "Corridor of Shame", many of our students are tragically entrenched in a culture of poverty and despair. With so much funding decided on property value, our students are now enduring the fallout from a struggling economy more than ever. Yet despite these substantial hurdles, including Hurricane Florence, my students come and try and do their best daily. It is their hopeful and enduring spirit that has led me here for them. They deserve resources at least matching their amazing spirit!
Many of our student's love reading and when they are presented with a story that sparks their imagination it can turn them in to lifelong readers. C.S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe is possibly one of the absolute best examples of a book that can do this! Students will be able to complete various projects and share their reading experience with peers both in and out of the classroom.
Perhaps more importantly, many of our students are still trying to develop their intermediate reading skills and both the content and length of this book allows for that to occur!
And since it is a series, students who really fall in love with the story can continue it in the subsequent books!
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