Businesses partner with city councilor to bring Kindles to Fifth Ward library – L’Observateur
RESERVE – Small businesses in St. John the Baptist Parish recently partnered with District 4 City Councilor Tyra Duhe’-Griffin to provide a reading gift to students at Fifth Ward Elementary School on the reserve. Community partners donated a classroom set of 30 Amazon Kindle Fire tablets to help bring the school library into the 21st Century.
Local business representatives, who declined to be identified, also donated $ 850 in Walmart gift cards to provide incentives to students and teachers involved in the Fifth Ward Elementary reading initiative.
Additional whole-class Kindles were recently awarded to Principal’s List students Matthew Lane, Donovan Jaylin Brown, and Josiah Brown.
Raising literacy in schools has been a major goal for principal, Dr Brandi Turner. She said the Kindle Tablet Pack for the Classroom will ensure that every child in the school benefits from the community partnership.
Addressing literacy in the K-2 age group is particularly important in addressing educational gaps resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, says Dr Turner.
“Giving every child the gift of reading supports our school improvement goal of increasing literacy in Kindergarten to 2, and it’s a gift that continues to deliver,” said Dr. Turner. “We know that literacy is the foundation of a school. If we encourage students to read and focus on comprehension from an early age, we increase their chances of graduating from high school and college. We want to make sure they have the foundation they need to be successful. “
Although Councilor Duhe-Griffin specializes in math and science, she recognizes that literacy is a building block for success in all subjects. Reading comprehension is part of the basic research for science experiments and for solving word problems in mathematics.
Duhe-Griffin said the Kindles would give students the option to download the book they want to read from the library, and she is grateful to all of the companies who helped make that possible. She said a local business had even offered to help with the renovation of Fifth Ward’s library by repainting the space.
Building community partnerships is one of his goals as an official in St. John the Baptist Parish.
“I always go to the community and try to get things for the fifth quarter, not only because I work here, but also because they are students who live in my community in district 4. Reaching these children in my community is very rewarding, ”said Duhe-Griffin.
Dr. Turner has worked hard to combat the stigma surrounding Fifth Elementary Ward. She values partnerships that provide resources and solutions, giving students the tools to succeed rather than marginalizing them.
Dr Turner and Duhe-Griffin aim to renovate the school library by the start of the next school year. The library will be divided into four sections involving local history, technology, reading and art. Information will soon be posted on the Fifth Ward Elementary School website detailing how the community can contribute to the new library.
“We’re also updating our collection of books and making sure there is representation so kids can see books written by black and Hispanic authors and can see kids like them in different books,” said Dr. Turner.