Lowe's Toolbox for Education Library Grant

Lowe's Toolbox for Education Library Grant
Posted on 12/11/2017
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We are excited to announce that we recently received a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) in the amount of $4,950. We used the grant to create a “Story Corner” for students to read and learn.

We were awarded the grant in May of 2017 and the project was completed this fall. The grant included $2,000 for iPads, $2,000 for seating arrangements, $449 for a rug, and $500 for new books.

The story corner was strategically planned to fit the needs of all students. Many students with disabilities frequent the library, so the rugs and seating arrangements were chosen to accommodate unique sensory needs.

“We wanted to provide a space where students are excited to come, listen to books, read and learn,” said Salem Elementary School Librarian Karen Fronhofer. “We have noticed that over the past couple of years, students have been reluctant to pick up a book and read on their own. Not only is this a welcoming environment, but this grant also allowed us to update our reading selection because the average picture book we had was from 1999. Now we can provide books for our students that they have suggested and shown interest in reading,” says Fronhofer.

“Our goal in this project is to work toward teaching our students to love reading and become lifelong readers, and this brings us one step closer,”  said Salem Central School District Superintendent David Glover.

In an effort to build a sense of community spirit, Salem High School National Honor Society students plan to volunteer to teach younger readers with eBooks on the donated iPads. This will build bonds between students K-12. We have also begun using this space for our Courthouse Readers program, in which community members visit and read to students. LIBRARYLIBRARY LIBRARY

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