Cleveland Elementary Unveils Special Project

Cleveland Elementary unveiled a special reading chair project to the public Thursday.

Each classroom has a chair and students can only sit in it when they have written something special.

Principal Schultz came up with the idea to coincide with Elkhart's literacy project.

She contacted a few local artists, and some teachers also pitched in.

Sheila Mravec, a teacher’s aide and artist, says she has completed 14 reading chairs and is working on four more.

"When I walk into the classroom with a chair, the kids their eyes light up and they're so excited and they're so proud to be able sit in their chair and ready and I just love it," said Mravec.

Each chair features a children's book from Dr. Suess to Shel Silverstein.

Since the chairs’ debut, teachers say that students’ writing has really improved.

Right now, Cleveland has about 30 reading chairs. Stools for 5th and 6th graders are also in the works.

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