Open a book, and you will open a whole world of adventure. That is the message to school kids all across the country.
The students at Goshen Middle School will have more reading options, thanks to the One School at a Time grant from Martin's Supermarkets.
They received one-thousand dollars to put more books on their shelves.
The kids and teachers are thrilled to add to their reading selection, but this money will have an impact on the students’ families too.
Books line the shelves of Lisa Herschberger's 8th grade English class at Goshen Middle School.
Herschberger says, “They're used to reading a lot of fiction and stories, but kind of opening up a whole new area for them.”
The school plans to use their grant money to purchase more books, preferably non-fiction materials.
“We're finding that students can relate it to their real life, using magazines and current articles, and they're learning that they have their own opinions, and they're creating their own voice.”
The kids are quick to voice their opinions about what they like to read.
Some love history. Others love fiction.
Principal Ann Eaton says, “Our kids get to select the books they read for pleasure, and we want them to do that, but we also want to guide them into non-fiction reading that connects different curricular areas.”
Areas like health education. Health teacher Terri Blosser hopes books about nutrition and exercise might inspire the kids and their families to live healthier lives.
Blosser says, “Now is the time to do that because now is the time that the doors are open for us to influence them. Once they get a little bit older, the door closes a little bit. It's just a crucial time when those components really need to be fit in.”
It is a time for change in reading and lifestyle.
There are about 1,500 students at Goshen Middle School, and an estimated 48% are English language learners.
The staff hopes the new books will also help boost literacy for those students and their families.
You can still apply to the One School at a Time grant program.
It is sponsored by Martin's Super Market.
The winning schools get a check for $1,000, and there is a new winner each month.
Schools only need to apply once, and you can do so by going to michianaschools.com.