BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Boardman High School English Teacher Elisabeth Miller wants to instill a love of reading in all of her students.
She applied for WKBN’s Caring for Our Community – Creative Classroom contest in order to win $500 for her classroom. She was surprised as the last lucky winner in her classroom.
Miller said her goal is to “make reading fun again,” by purchasing new, exciting teen books that her students will want to read.
Already, Miller has implemented a “Student Selected Reading” program in her classroom. As part of that, students select their own book to read for fun during the first 15 minutes of my class every day.
“This activity has turned some of the most reluctant readers into passionate readers,” she wrote in her contest application. “As a self-proclaimed book nerd, nothing is more exciting than seeing twenty-plus teenagers with their nose in a book (and not their phones!) of their choosing and actually loving it!”
Miller wants to take this program to the next level, with the help of the grant. She will purchase new bookshelves (her only one fell apart last year), as well as new books for students to borrow, instead of taking a trip to the library or buying their own books.
“I want to create a comfortable classroom environment that is conducive to reading for pleasure. The students expressed interest in bean bag chairs, mats, and carpets to sit on while reading, and I know that the students want this, too,” she said. “In fact, two of my students bought their own mat to sit on while they read!”