Middle school students create Little Free Libraries

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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Westside Eagle Observer/SUSAN HOLLAND Eighth grader Jaxon Galyean and seventh grader Matthew Holland, students in Pam Page's gifted and talented classes, pose beside the Little Free Library they helped construct. Students chose the themes and built the structures which will be delivered to provide books in areas of south Arkansas with few libraries.

Westside Eagle Observer/SUSAN HOLLAND Eighth grader Jaxon Galyean and seventh grader Matthew Holland, students in Pam Page's gifted and talented classes, pose beside the Little Free Library they helped construct. Students chose the themes and built the structures which will be delivered to provide books in areas of south Arkansas with few libraries.

GRAVETTE -- Students in Pam Page's gifted and talented classes at Gravette Middle School have been involved in a special project to help promote reading. Youngsters in her sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade classes are building Little Free Libraries to be sent to areas in rural Arkansas that have no libraries. Six of the libraries are almost complete, two in each of her three classes. Page says all of her students love to read and want to share their love of reading with others. They were inspired by their participation in R-I-S-E Arkansas, Governor Asa Hutchinson's Reading Initiative for Student Excellence. One goal of the R-I-S-E campaign is "to build a culture of reading." Students started by simply making lists for others of books they had particularly enjoyed reading. That small idea mushroomed into the free library project. A check on the R-I-S-E website showed the students that there are areas in the state that, unlike Benton County, have very few libraries. Drew County, where the free libraries built in Gravette will be installed, has only three libraries in the entire county.


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