Rotary grant benefits Bryan’s elementary reading program | Local News

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A teacher at Bryan Elementary School thanks the Bryan Rotary Club for a grant that makes her students more confident and excited about reading.

Jessica Root’s second and third grade intervention classes use special type books that allow students to read only the syllables and sounds they have been taught.

“It eliminates the chance for them to habituate mistakes and allows them to gain confidence in their reading abilities,” said Root, who has 15 years of teaching experience, the last five of which at Bryan.

The problem was that she only had one set of books, which limited their use for group teaching.

This is where Rotary came in.

Root completed a grant application and was approved for the full cost of the additional special book sets. She said opening the box recently was ‘like Christmas morning’, both for the students and for her as a teacher.

“Thanks to the generous gift of the Bryan Rotary Club, each student can have a copy of each book in their hands while teaching,” she said.

Bryan Rotary Club President Ryan Miller said the grant is just the organization’s latest effort in a long legacy of encouraging literacy among Bryan’s youth.

For 23 years, the club has sponsored the Rotary Reads program, in which members volunteer their time and go into Bryan Schools classrooms and read to students each week during the school year.

“We love doing that,” Miller said. “(Reading) is such a fundamental thing for children. People sometimes take it for granted that we can read, but a lot of kids really struggle with it.

“We are happy to help you.”

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