Only a few of weeks ago, the Grant Kolb Memorial Library at Mary Frenter Bilingual School, was no more than a boring solitary place; but thanks to an idea I had, that changed. The video games, the internet, and television among other things, had left reading in the last place of options of distraction for the students.
However, as part of the school curriculum for this year, students must spend a few hours a week in the library. When they got the news that they had to go to the library and read, most of them didn’t feel very happy, as was to be expected. So I came up with an idea to motivate the students to enter the wonderful world of books. When they came to the library, I told them that they were part of a competition, and I offered a prize at the end of the first grading period to the class that reads the most books.
I spent some afternoons trying to get the books classified. When I finished, I thought we had enough books, but to my surprise, I had one day at the library without any books left; they were coming and going all the time. By the end of the week, many students found that they actually liked to read. Some even read two books and young readers began reading by themselves. Now the students know that books aren’t just stories; they are filled with people and places. And as for me, I used to be alone in the library. But now I’ve got readers all the time! Even teachers come to have some fun. I know I’m not done. We’ve just started something big and at this point I discovered that our wonderful library collection is getting too small for our many students. So, my next step will be to start a campaign to have more books in our library in Spanish and English. But that is another story. Please pray with us for more books for our growing library.
—With love, Miss Luisa
Luisa, a native to Honduras, is married and has a son who attends the Mary Frenter Bilingual School. She also holds a Masters Degree in Counseling.
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