SLEEPY EYE - Sleepy Eye Elementary School received several hundred books recently from Target stores through a partnership with Washington, D.C.-based First Book.
The school received a $500 grant for the books that were made available below retail cost, according to Sleepy Eye Public School Media Specialist Nancy Moore.
"We received many more books than we could have received in a retail setting," Moore said. "We are most grateful for the books. It was so timely. Teachers just completed writing a new reading curriculum that approaches readers at their individual level. It takes a lot of books to meet the reading needs of all students."
Sleepy Eye Elementary School students display some of several hundred books donated to the school by Target stores via a partnership with First Book, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization that works to get new, age-appropriate books to children. From left, front row, Kyle Capacia, Anna Rossbach, Charlotte Sorenson, Emma Braulick and Jazzibelle Martinez. Standing, from left, Carmen Lendt, Zachary Banken, Jasmyne Windschitl, Kegan Heiderscheidt, Carson Erickson.
Moore said the differentiated instructional approach allows teachers to work with small groups in a guided-reading approach. She credited Ali Landberg of the New Ulm Target store for being "most helpful throughout the process."