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Our school is working on literacy initiatives to close the gap between our white and non-white students. To help meet this goal, we want to update our library collection for all students. This grant would specifically increase the diversity in our chapter books and non-fiction biographies.

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Suncoast Shines On Our Readers

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School:
Westgate Elementary School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Shelley Kappeler 
Students Impacted:
500 
Grade:
Pre K - 5 
Date:
November 3, 2021

Investor

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Suncoast Credit Union - $1,000.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 545

 

  This grant enabled us to purchase replacement books that were part of series and had been lost and purchase new books in a series that we were not caught up with that are student favorites.  The grant also allowed us to purchase updated, diverse titles that are more representative of our student population.  Students were very excited to help in the selection of the new books, submitting wish lists and requests throughout the year.  We were also able to expand our students' requests to expand our graphic novel offerings and bilingual books.  This grant had a direct impact on all of our students.  Providing updated books increased reading fluency among our non-white students this year significantly. Thank you for the opportunity to meet the needs of our learners with this Grant.

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Original Grant Overview

Goal

Our school is working on literacy initiatives to close the gap between our white and non-white students. To help meet this goal, we want to update our library collection for all students. This grant would specifically increase the diversity in our chapter books and non-fiction biographies. 

 

What will be done with my students

We have conducted student interests surveys and plan to purchase grade level books that are both "high interest" to motivate reading and Lexile leveled books that encourage comprehension. Students utilize school library books for independent reading, curriculum projects, and reading for pleasure.

With the main St. Pete Library closed for renovations, the school library is the only access to books many of our students have. We hope to increase the number of current titles in our collection and provide greater access to our students.  

 

Benefits to my students

There is a 37% gap in reading proficiency between our white students and non-white students at the intermediate level. If selected, this grant would have a significant impact on these students and their teachers.

Black students need books that are culturally relevant to them. They need books that reflect their community and help build establish their own identity. They need books with diverse narrators; they need books by black authors.

All students benefit from a diverse collection in which they can view and empathize with someone else's experience. 

 

Describe the Students

Westgate Elementary serves students from a cross-section. We deliver services for our English Language Learners (ELL) and provide Gifted education for our high performing students. We have Reading & Math Interventionists that help meet the needs of our ESE students. Westgate Elementary is a Title I school and many of our families experience food insecurity and housing instability.  

 

Budget Narrative

We have specifically identified high demand titles for grades 2-5 that will help bridge the gap and meet our literacy goals. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Chapter Books, Grades, 2-4 $500.00
2 Biographies, Grades 3-5 $500.00
  Total: $1,000.00

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