TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT / KSVT) – Students and staff at Oregon Trail Elementary School in Twin Falls received an award Monday afternoon that will help children develop their love of reading for years to come.
When a group of fifth graders walked into their school library, they thought they would be doing a school project, but soon saw that something different was planned, with a big check.
The school received a check for $ 3,000 through the Idaho Lottery and Idaho Commission for Libraries Bucks for Books program
This year, the program will offer more than $ 100,000 in prizes to support elementary school libraries. Of the 39 recipients, nine are in the Magic Valley.
“The mission of Bucks for Books is to bring more books to the public school libraries in Idaho. We found out a few years ago that the average budget for an elementary school library is $ 100, ”said Michelle Puccinelli, interactive marketing specialist for the Idaho Lottery.
School librarian Rachael Christiansen said the money is really needed as her budget is around $ 800. She said some of her books are old and out of date, and that she would also like to buy some of the newer children’s non-fiction books.
“I think being a Title 1 school we have a decent number of low income kids so they don’t have access to as many books as some kids might,” Christiansen said,
During the award ceremony, the school received new books which delighted the children. Christiansen said her library has online resources, but nothing compares to the ability for children to pick up and read a book.
“There just seems to be more excitement when they have the physical book in their hands,” Christiansen said.
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