ExPECT donates books to teachers

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

SHANNON – Shannon Elementary third-grade teacher Kylie McFarling got a big boost to her classroom library on Tuesday.
So did her colleagues.
The ExPECT organization presented classroom sets of novels to all 26 third-grade teachers in the Lee County School District on Tuesday. The nine teachers, including McFarling, who are in their first year of teaching third grade, received 25 copies of each of the novels, “The Homework Machine” by Dan Gutman and “Paws Off, Cheddarface” by Geronimo Stilton. The other third-grade teachers at Shannon Elementary, Saltillo Elementary, Mooreville Elementary and Verona Elementary received 25 copies of one of those two novels.
The books were donated to ExPECT by the United Way. ExPECT is a nonprofit organization that supports education in the Lee County School District.
McFarling, a first-year teacher, had only a few handed-down books in her library before Tuesday.
“It is very helpful,” she said of her first classroom set of novels. “In a room full of ability levels that range across the board, having any kind of tool helps to keep the classroom flowing smoothly. This helps keep them engaged in reading.”
Fellow Shannon Elementary third-grade teacher Kendra Johns isn’t new to teaching but is new to third grade. She said these were her first classroom sets of novels on the that level.
“With a classroom set, we can all read at the same time, and stay on the same pace and discuss the book, she said.
ExPECT representatives surprised teachers with the books at each of the four elementary schools on Tuesday.
“We are really excited to do this,” said ExPECT President Staci Bevill. “Reading is the platform of everything students learn.”
chris.kieffer@journalinc.com