Helen Pouch Memorial Fund Classroom Grant Report
For Claudia Feaster of Missouri, William Boydston Chapter
Narrative of Spending:
It has been a goal of mine for a few years to add new resources to our Library so that our students can check out electronic books (E-books) and digital audiobooks from our Library. We have a wide range of reading interests as well as reading levels. In addition to this, students have various preferences on "how" they read ~ whether they listen to an audiobook; read the book electronically on their computer, smartphone, or tablet; or read a good old-fashioned paperbound book. Up to this point, we have only been able to offer our students actual books, with a few audiobooks on CD available as well. It is going to be wonderful to have more options for our students to read their favorite books.
I am ordering 21 digital audio books, 11 Ebooks, and 3 CD audiobooks. This will give us 35 new titles in our Library ~ some of these titles we have in book format as well, and some of them are brand new. This will give our students more formats to choose from and more fun books to read. Our total order comes to $1,042.92 and the $500 from the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund Classroom Grant will help make the whole project possible. We have some funds in our Library account that will cover the difference in the cost for all of the books. Since I am introducing something new and different with these resources, it is nice to have so many to offer from the start. It wouldn't be as much fun for them to try it out if I was only able to purchase a handful of new books. This way more students can give them a try and help spread the word.
Narrative of Impact of Grant:
I love to listen to audiobooks that I download on my phone. I have the books with me all the time and I especially love listening to them in my car. I have some CD audiobooks in the Library, but they require access to a CD player and many students don't have that. It is going to be much more convenient for them to listen to the digital audiobooks. While listening to audiobooks is certainly a wonderful way to enjoy a story, it also serves a greater purpose for students who might struggle with reading a traditional book. Listening is often more enjoyable for them and they are able to get more from the whole story when they don't have to think about the reading process and their lack of confidence in it. They can just simply enjoy the story and that is such a gift. Listening to an audiobook can also improve their comprehension of the story ~ especially when they listen as well as read the book.
I have always known and appreciated the benefits of listening to audiobooks and when I had one of my 7th-grade students write me a letter requesting that we have more audiobooks in the Library to help with students who have learning difficulties, I was inspired to complete my goal of adding new the resources. The opportunity for this grant came along at just the right time and we are so grateful for the money to get this done. These resources will be enjoyed for years to come and will be a pleasure as well as a learning benefit for so many students.
Identify the number of students and the other classrooms in your district (school) that will be impacted by your grant.
I am the Library Coordinator for both Libraries at Oakhill and I teach the 4th-8th-grade Library classes. I submitted the application for this grant on behalf of all of the students who can use these wonderful resources. We have 188 students in the 1st through 4th grades this year and these resources will be available to all of them. We will use the majority of them for our Middle School students since they will be very proficient in using the electronic and digital resources independently. Our classroom teachers will also be able to utilize these books in their classrooms.