Amanda Wilson, the school librarian at St. Bethlehem Elementary, received a Big Idea Grant to purchase books for “Books for Behavior” as an incentive that combines a love for literacy and encouragement to make positive choices.
Through a grant from the CMC Education Foundation, Amanda Wilson and Megan Cunningham, academic coach, purchased over 900 books to go towards the program. Students are rewarded with tokens when they display exemplary behavior and support St. B’s STRONG focus (Service, Tenacity, Responsibility, Organization, Notice, Growth). On average, 80 books are distributed each month. Studies have shown that increasing literacy rates also improve grades, attendance, and behavior.