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J.L. Lomax Celebrates the Gift of Reading

To apply for the scholarship, entitled “The James Patterson and Scholastic Books Club Giveaway,” Mrs. Williams had to explain in 50 words or less how she planned on using the funds to help build her classroom library. The scholarship program then chose Mrs. Williams as one of four thousand teachers, out of 124,777 applicants to receive $250.00 to purchase books. The program is in its 5th year of running, and promotes itself as a way to “help teachers build their classroom libraries” with the help of the “world’s bestselling author, James Patterson.” According to the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™, “classroom libraries are only available for 43% of school-age children, and only one-third of kids say they have access to a classroom library with enough of the types of books they’d like to read.”

An article in an issue of Educational Leadership, tells us that students that do not learn to read will have future issues with succeeding academically in school, struggling to meet their full potential in life. At J.L. Lomax Elementary, teachers are working tirelessly to make sure that all of their scholars are prepared for their future, academically and beyond. Teachers like Melisa Williams, are going above and beyond their call of duty to ensure that books are in the classroom libraries and in children’s hands, even when they are not at school, because reading at home is just as important as reading in school. As Dr. Seuss told us, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”