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The goal of this project is to encourage a love of literacy throughout the school.

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Suncoast: LLL - Literacy Legacy at Lealman

Lealman Avenue Elementary School 
Language Arts 
Savannah Strandlof 
Students Impacted:
September 30, 2019


Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.


Suncoast Credit Union - $945.00


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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 480

     There was a love of reading spread throughout Lealman Avenue Elementary this year! Students in my class and Mrs. Miller's class were the pioneers of this project as they read, wrote a review, and hid books for other students in the school to find!

     My students were always so excited to read new books from the Book Fairy Cart. Since we didn't order all of the books at once, more books came after we had started the project. I had set them up in new baskets off of the cart with a sign that said, "Coming Soon to a Book Cart Near You!" The students were so excited and could not wait until I officially added them to the cart. I got to see my students choose old and new favorite series. A popular series the students chose to read was The School from the Black Lagoon. That was one of the first sets gone from the cart.

     My student had a sister in second grade who came by my classroom at dismissal to proudly show me that she found a book that day! She didn't know it was her sister who had hidden it or that the Book Fairy Cart secretly sat in our classroom.

     One of the really incredible outcomes is shown when three fifth grade boys came into lunch, so excited to share with our principal that they had found books to read! These were students who don't typically enjoy reading and they were so excited to get started!

     Also, this project has began to organically spread throughout Pinellas County. One of our fourth grade teachers shared the idea with her cousin who teaches at another school. I have shared ideas and resources with this teacher so she too may begin her own Literacy Legacy at her school in the fall! In addition to this, one of the other third grade teachers at our school will be moving to another elementary school in the fall and she has big plans of beginning her own Literacy Legacy at her new school as well! This love of reading is spreading all throughout Pinellas County! 

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Original Grant Overview


The goal of this project is to encourage a love of literacy throughout the school. 


What will be done with my students

This project was inspired by the Kindness Rocks initiative, where people leave painted rocks around popular places for others to find and be encouraged by as they continue to pass them on. My students will each choose a book from the selection of the books purchased. They will then read their book in the classroom. Once they've finished reading their book, they will write a note to review the book. We will then place their books and notes in reinforced envelopes (to protect them from the weather) to then leave in places around the school. Other students will have the opportunity to find these books around the school to then read. They will continue the legacy by writing a review once they've finished reading the book and placing it in another spot around the school. 


Benefits to my students

My students will be inspired and excited to read these books. I want to spread and encourage a love of reading. Reading can take my students to places they have not been before as they dive in. This will also create a positive climate across the campus as we encourage students to find, read, and pass on the books they have grown to love to others. This project will impact the whole school of 400 students; however, it will be initiated by my third grade classroom. As a final gift, I would like to give each of my seventeen students a book to treasure and take home as the initiators of the Literacy Legacy at Lealman. 


Describe the Students

I have a wide range of wonderful, ready to learn students. I have two students who are Gifted, five students who are Talented, three students who speak English as a second language, and seven students who are struggling as readers. These students mostly come from homes with a low socio-economic status. They struggle to provide basic living items. Many of my students go to homes where they have no books to read. It would be wonderful to enrich their lives and put books into their hands so they can step into a world of wonder without leaving their desk. 


Budget Narrative

I will purchase a variety of books to address all reading levels and interests as there are diverse readers in my classroom and throughout the school. The designer poly envelopes will attract the students' eyes and protect the books as they wait for readers to give them a temporary home before passing them on to another eager learner. The sticky notes will allow students to leave a note for other readers. Thank you so much for this opportunity to initiate and leave a Literacy Legacy at Lealman. 



# Item Cost
1 Variety of Books $945.00
  Total: $945.00


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