“SeaTac is a Gateway to America for many refugees and other immigrants seeking a better life. These families enroll their children in McMicken Heights where they are immersed in a new culture and language.”
That was how Karen Smith began her excel grant application last fall. Karen is a teacher/librarian at McMicken Heights. She continued: “In the early grades, especially kindergarten and 1st, beginning-to-read instruction is part of the normal day. From 2nd grade and beyond, instruction begins to shift more toward understanding what you read, and less on learning the words.All students have an opportunity to visit the school library to select a “just right” reading book.
However, for these older ELL newcomers, there are simply not enough early, beginning-to-read books available in our school library because many of our younger students have checked them out. I would like to have a special collection geared specifically for these ELL newcomers and their tutors/interpreters.
BOB Books contain several titles within a boxed collection. They will allow our non-English speaking students to be able to start learning English with their families/tutors. These books are very simplistic – few pages, starting with very short, 3-letter words, that will not only help them learn English, but learn to read and feel successful.”
According to Karen, the ELL students are so excited to check out these book bags. These short stories are providing an increase in their confidence. They feel successful.
Did you know, the library budget for the 2012-2013 school year was only $1.25 per student? The Foundation received many requests from schools and librarys last fall and over $8,000 was granted to for books and literacy through the Excel Grant program. We hope to do more next year!
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