LEE COUNTY, Fla.- River Hall Elementary School hopes to get more students reading at home, as it gets ready to open the district's first family reading resource center.
Teachers modeled it after a program at a school in Charlotte County.
The portable classroom is filled with books, like a library, but this one has a twist.
Kindergarten and first graders will visit the reading center, with their parents, twice a week and can take home two books. One book will be to borrow and the other book will be to keep at home. Organizers hope this will help students build their own libraries at home, and get them excited about reading and learning.
Resource teacher Heather Riley is leading the effort. She says, "providing the opportunity to have these kids come in and select something they're excited about and they can select and bring home and share with their families as a tradition, is a wonderful, wonderful thing." She says it will be a big help to families who are struggling financially and cannot afford books.
On Friday, the school will hold a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the new reading resource center at 8:45 a.m. School leaders will dedicate the center to the first principal at River Hall Elementary, Mr. Allen Humfleet.
Riley says the school's current principal, Dr. Scott LeMaster, has been an important part of getting the reading resource center up and running. Most of the books are donated, and many are from the Foundation for Lee County Schools.
Riley hopes to expand the center to all grade levels at River Hall, and eventually to other schools at the district.