Barbara Stokes reads to a kindergarten class at Faine Elementary School on Thursday.
Even though she’s retired, Barbara Stokes just can’t keep away from Faine Elementary School.
Stokes was at the school Thursday, reading to a kindergarten class.
She is among several volunteers who visit the school to read to
students. Stokes and her fellow readers will soon have a few new books
to read to students, thanks to Covan Worldwide Moving, who recently
donated new books to the school.
Stokes said having adults other than their teachers come in to read
to students helps to break up the monotony of the school day and get
students enthused about reading.
“It definitely draws attention when it is someone different,” she said.
Andrea Patten, media specialist, said Covan donated about 50 to 60
books to the school. Patten said book donations are important, as state
allocations for school libraries have been drastically cut in recent
Patten said that getting quality books in for students to read is
important for high poverty schools like Faine, because many students may
not have access to books at home. Patten said the school and the public
library might be these students’ only access to books.
With a new infusion of books, Patten can ensure students have access to current books that students will actually enjoy reading.