Books on Wheels: A grant really going somewhere
Books on Wheels: A grant really going somewhere
Posted on 09/11/2014


Books on Wheels: A grant really going somewhere

moving books
Provident Heights Elementary is already seeing increases in Renaissance Star Reading scores, an Early Literacy assessment system partially in thanks to a grant from the WISD Education Foundation. 

Teachers, Elizabeth Wicklund and Meghan Schwalm, wrote a proposal to the Foundation in the amount of $2,999.54 in order to cover the cost of new books, rolling carts and plastic containers.  The plan was simple, but effective.  Schwalm explained, “We are in a two-story building and first graders take a bit longer to go up the stairs, go to the library and walk back down the stairs to the classroom than older students.  Ms. Wicklund thought about how to reduce our traveling time and spend more time in the room.  The solution was to bring the books to us.  Our campus just needed money.  That’s where the Foundation came in.”  Now the young readers at Provident Heights have carts of books delivered to them.

Principal Debbie Sims said, “The kids are excited to have so many books to choose from and are even “selling” the books to each other.  Their excitement is contagious and our reading scores are showing it.”   

The WISD Education Foundation is excited to bring resources into Waco ISD classrooms.  Books on Wheels is a great example of how the foundation is creatively filling the gap and supporting our teachers.  Thank you Provident Heights for crafting such a simple solution.  The grant has increased instructional time and introduced our students to additional books!

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