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Idea leads to students getting a book each month

Kim Falk is pictured here with fourth grade students as they hold their first free book of the year. The books were made possible thanks to donations by students' family members, Falk's family, Falk's sorority sisters, and various other friends from the area. Photo by Lynette Forth
Kim Falk is pictured here with fourth grade students as they hold their first free book of the year. The books were made possible thanks to donations by students' family members, Falk's family, Falk's sorority sisters, and various other friends from the area. Photo by Lynette Forth

West Carroll Primary School fourth grade teacher Kim Falk had an idea after reading a post on Facebook.

That idea inspired her to take on the task of providing each student in her class a free $1 book each month throughout the school year.

Folk said she had seen an idea posted by another teacher and loved it.

“Each month I receive the Scholastic Book Club fliers to send home for students to share with their families and purchase books,” she said. “Many families cannot afford to purchase books to have at home, especially at various times of the year where holidays and new school supplies spread us all thin.”

The idea was to have parents, family members, or anyone interested, to donate $9, to make sure each student would get a book from Scholastic each month.

Falk sent out the idea to her Facebook friends, and the response was overwhelming. She said that in under 12 hours of posting, she had enough sponsors for all 25 students, with even a few extra to spare.

“New books are always so fun and it’s a great way to build a life long love of reading,” Falk said. “Each of my kids will get a new book or two from me at various times throughout the year for holidays and rewards. Year after year, my heart smiles at their excitement to take the book home and share with their family. Reading is SO important and I want to continue to foster the love of reading with my fourth grade students. I want to thank all that donated from the bottom of my heart. It is very appreciated!

Falk’s success has prompted fourth grade teacher Kris Yingling to also implement the idea.

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