West View Elementary School received a $2,000 grant from Target Corp. to support a new reading program.
The grant allowed the school to purchase 10 Nook e-readers. Assistant Principal Brayton Leonhardt assigned the e-readers to students and then met with them each Tuesday and Thursday to talk about what they are reading.
The program mixes the excitement of new technology with the chance for students to come together to talk about literature in a relaxed setting.
“The reading group has been fun and exciting,” said fifth-grader Maddie Powell. “It has been a chance to meet with friends and discuss reading in a small group.”
Rebekah Roberts said she has enjoyed taking part in the new reading program. “I like the historical fiction that we read,” she said. “The first book we read involved the history of pirates in North Carolina. I also like the Nook because it has a lot of different resources that I can use that a regular book does not have available.”
The group of students changed every four weeks. Also, the school’s Battle of the Books team used the Nooks to help prepare them for that competition.