Williamsburg Daughters of the Revolution Mini-Grant Fulfills Book Wishes for JBB 3rd Graders

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Published On: January 26th, 2021

Katharine Wise in her classroom

J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School 3rd Grade teacher Katharine Wise is able to fulfill more students’ book wishes thanks to the Williamsburg Daughters of the Revolution (DAR).

COVID-19 changed a lot of school and classroom procedures, including how students access library books. As part of WJCC Schools’ mitigation strategies, library books are placed in “quarantine” for several days after they have been read, which slows the circulation process. In Ms. Wise’s classroom, like many others across the division, students fill out a request sheet with the books they would like to read, and the teacher places the book in an individual book bin for the student after the book is released from quarantine.

Ms. Wise noticed that the same books and series had long wait lists. She wanted students to have access to books that would make them excited about school and reading in such a different school year. The Williamsburg DAR awarded Ms. Wise a $500 mini-grant to purchase more books and fuel her students’ excitement of reading.

“A lot can feel out of control for adults and kids alike these days,” Ms. Wise tells us. “Throughout the grant process, the DAR has been so supportive of educators and the work we are doing this year. I am so grateful for their kind words and financial support. For my kids, I know it will mean the world to them to know that community members SEE them, care for them, and want them to keep being amazing readers this year and beyond.”

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