Delhi Middle School recently received a Learning Links Grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation for $1,000. The grant is given to encourage students to read more and extend their learning beyond what they are reading in class. “Expert 21, a comprehensive language arts curriculum that prepares students for the literacy demands of the 21st Century, recommends several novels and other books as companions to different workshops. It allow students to connect in more ways to each workshop,” said Kenny Boatright, a seventh grade language arts teacher at the school.
The intention is to use the grant to purchase these recommended collections for each grade at the school – sixth, seventh and eighth. Boatright said the grant will allow the school to purchase many of the books to do that.
“We want to encourage our students to read more and extend their learning beyond what they are reading in class,” Boatright said. “By having these, teachers will be able to get students more interested in the topics and help create great learning experiences.” One of the students in his class wrote to author Homer Hickham after reading a short passage from his book, Rocket Boys, which was on the extension list. Hickham wrote her back.
“That learning experience was something she will never forget,” Boatright said. “She made a connection to the literature and then ran with it.”