First Time Teachers Get New Books
The first day of school is next week for most local students and it will also be the first day of school for a number of teachers beginning their careers.
The Children's Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia is partnering with Goodwill Industries to continue the First Teachers Library Initiative.
The program provides books to make sure these new teachers are prepared for the school year.
More than 4,000 books will be distributed to new teachers across the Mid-Columbia; each teacher will get 100 new and gently-used books.
First time teacher Rosa Chavez needs books for her third grade class at Edison Elementary School.
"It's very helpful because it's going to give me something to put in my library," said Chavez. "The library is part of learning."
Each teacher's library is personalized.
For instance, Chavez expects 7 Spanish speaking students, whose second languages are English, so she'll be recieving several books in Spanish and on different reading levels in English to cater to those student's needs.
"With them giving me the resources, they're giving me stuff that's going to be beneficial to my grade level and maybe a little below and a little above so they're targeting my key area that I need to focus on," said Chavez.
"If we can get books into the hands of teachers who are the forefront of education and get them to get kids excited about reading then we're going to have really successful adults," said Amy Ward of the Children's Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia.