NORTH CONWAY, NH — The Book Love Foundation recently awarded 66 classroom library grants totaling $130,000 to teachers in the United States and Canada.
The Book Love Foundation reviewed (and were inspired and moved by) 400 applications this year. Its 2019 grant winners are extraordinary teachers who work at local, state, and national levels to inspire their colleagues. If you have any doubt about engaging today’s busy students in reading, these teachers will convince you it is not about time, and not about technology, but it is about putting the best books you can into students’ hands and then giving them time to read them. Every one of these teachers is on the path to creating a future generation of readers.
Among the 2019 grant winners were Wilmington High English Teacher Lisa Desberg, who will receive $2,000 to purchase books for her classroom library.
Lisa Desberg has committed to placing student joy at the center of her reading workshop. She works to ensure that her students can find themselves as well as others reflected in themselves — including texts such as Rupi Kaur’s Honey and Tara Westover’s Educated: A Memoir. Lisa started the #WHSReaderLeader campaign on her campus at Wilmington High School in Wilmington, MA, to develop the reading lives of all students in her school, not just those who are fortunate to have her as a teacher. Through #WHSReaderLeader campaign over 100 books were given to students before summer vacation last year.
Since 2013, the Book Love Foundation has given away $500,000 in grants to more than 200 teachers from 41 states and five provinces. Each one works to create a lasting love of reading in all students.
The Foundation continues to receive generous support from BookSource and Heinemann, as well as hundreds of individual donors to support this work.
(NOTE: The above press release is from the Book Love Foundation.)
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