Gahanna Middle School East opened a new library space with books for its new Extended Support Services classrooms on March 5.
East librarian Deidre Kuck submitted a grant to the Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation in the fall, seeking $1,500 to support the purchase of library books. The request was approved, and the books were selected with the help of Kat McKee and Amie Waits to support the curricular needs of their classrooms.
"I ordered the resources and designed the library space to feature the new books and give the students a comfortable area to read and learn," Kuck said. "The students were so excited. I showed them how to locate the books and then did an activity with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff."
Teachers, administrators, Kuck and a few parents helped students find library books and check them out. Students also received wristbands with "Read" in different languages.
Students are scheduled for a weekly library time to learn library skills and check out books.