I am lucky to teach an eager group of students with disabilities in our Learning Center. As a Resource Teacher, my job is to guide this energetic group of students who range in age from 5 to 11 years of age. They come each day to the Learning Center eager to learn, but what always seems to be the greatest draw is our classroom library. It is full of books that all students are welcomed to take home and return when they are ready for their next adventure. Each year several dozen books are not returned but that is just fine because I know they have found new homes with my students.
The Learning Center library is built to make it the centerpiece of learning; it is packed to the brim with fiction and non-fiction books that meet the needs of all age levels.
It is my hope that this classroom library will fill the gap for students who come from homes where parents are not aware of public libraries and often will not use library cards for the school library for fear of being at risk of having to pay large fines.
Each year the make-up of the RSP students changes as the world evolves. Part of that evolution is purchasing new books that deal with subjects such as coding, mindfulness and the latest graphic novel. This influx of new books has created an an overflow that now resembles piles of books in our small classroom library.
Our Learning Center is in desperate need of an additional bookcase to help keep our Library organized and a calming place for students to relax and browse.
As our school year begins, a welcoming library that encourages learning will help this special group of students eagerly pick up books and READ!
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