Gillette Elementary wins grant for books

Gillette Elementary wins grant for books
Posted on 09/08/2016

When Gillette Elementary librarian Ms. Lori Laguna heard about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant back in April, she immediately thought about all the books her library was lacking and how they could play an important role in helping students learn their Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Without hesitation, she applied for the grant.

On Sept. 1, Laguna received a congratulatory email announcing her $2,880 grant approval. She plans to use the money to host a Fairy Tale Bowl for second grade students.

“I’m going to buy about 11 books of 10 sets of fairy tales so that the kids can read them in class with their teacher,” Laguna explained. “Then we are going to have a mini quiz in each class so that we can filter out the students and pick one group from each class to compete as a team in the Fairy Tale Bowl.”

The big competition will take place in the spring and students will have to answer “In which book does one of the characters lose a glass slipper?” and “Who does Little Red Riding Hood want to visit?”

The idea is to help students learn about traditional fairy tales in a fun and creative way.

“Second grade TEKS involves comparing fairytales, so I figured this would be one of the ways to get them to know what fairy tales are,” Laguna added.

This is Laguna’s second grant since she joined Harlandale ISD last school year. She won the True Value Painter, Brighter Future grant last May which provided 40 gallons of paint for the library, the library offices, computer lab and restrooms. 

Way to go, Ms. Laguna!
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