Sara Wheeler receives grant for classroom library

The Book Love Foundation recently awarded a Lexington-Richland School District Five teacher a $2,000 grant to support her classroom library.

Irmo Elementary School second grade teacher Sara Wheeler will use the money to expand her classroom library with a variety of relevant and high-interest titles across all genres and content areas.

“Receiving this grant will allow me to meet all of my students where they are and ensure that all learners are represented not only through well-developed characters, but also through diverse authors and illustrators,” Wheeler said. “I can’t wait to see my students’ excitement for reading soar to new heights this year because of the Book Love Foundation Grant.”

Teachers who apply for a Book Love Foundation grant must demonstrate that they are already committed to the support of readers through current classroom practices such as maintaining access to a range of books, conferring regularly and purposefully to understand and support students’ changing needs, and sharing their own contagious passion for reading inside and outside of their classroom.

The Book Love Foundation is a non-profit volunteer organization founded in 2012 by English teacher, author, and advocate Penny Kittle, the Book Love Foundation provides financial support so teachers in the U.S. and Canada can expand classroom libraries. Since 2013, the Foundation has funded more than 330 classroom libraries across 47 states and provinces.

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