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Sharpsburg Elementary receives grant for reading from Lowe's

October 01, 2007

How do you get children to read?

Officials and volunteers at Sharpsburg Elementary School said they believe the motivation to read starts with ready access to a wide variety of books.

So they are happy that Lowe's Toolbox for Education awarded the school $5,000 recently to make such a selection of books available in every classroom.

The school's Citizens Advisory Council, volunteers and Lowe's are working to design shelving for several classrooms that will make accessibility to books a priority. When the shelving is ready, the remaining money will be used, along with money raised through the parent-teacher organization to buy a variety of books.

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"Informational books and books that appeal to boys are especially needed," said Sharpsburg Principal Carl Stark.

With the books in place, the plan is that teacher-designed incentives to read will get books into kids' hands and choosing to spend more of each day reading.

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