When a school foundation partners with a bank for success in reading, students benefit by having new books and being able to read books simultaneously with their reading partners.
Thanks to a reading grant offered by First Citizens Bank through the Haywood County Schools Foundation, fourth graders in Hayley Donaldson’s class were able to sit with their reading partners and read and discuss books like “The Tale of Despereaux,” “Because of Winn Dixie,” Love that Dog,”and “Little House in the Big Woods.” As she walked around the room, students enthusiastically told Donaldson about the stories and new words they had learned.
“I love reading because it inspires you,” fourth-grader Maggie said. “When you’re bored, you can always read to have fun.”
Donaldson used her $200 grant to purchase books in pairs, at a variety of reading levels and genres. This makes it easier for the students to team up.
“When students collaborate, they think more about what they’re reading and find a purpose for reading,” Donaldson said. “Collaboration is also one of our school’s goals, and this type of activity gets our students talking to each other and working together to understand more.”