Batavia Elementary class receives grant

May 10th, 2007    Author: Michael Bradley    Filed Under: News

A first-grade class at the Batavia Elementary School has received a $500 reading grant from Duke Energy.

“We are thrilled with the reading grant,” said first grade teacher and grant recipient Michelle Fussnecker. “We all would like to thank Duke Energy for this generous donation. It will help all middle and higher level students with their reading skills.”

Fussnecker said that they have two corporate sponsors who work for Duke Energy.

The Batavia Elementary first grade class stands alongside a newly purchased book rack that they were able to purchase as a result of a $500 reading grant received from Duke Energy. Front row from left is Makenzie, Makayla, Matt, Dakota, and Tori; second row, Jaelynn, Ryan, Josie, McCartney, Megan, Shawn, and Alex; third row, Kayla, Cheyenne, Ryan, Taggart, Max, Shania, Cameron, and Destiny; back row Mercy, Michelle Fussnecker, Brendel, Kade, Devin, and Makenzie.
"Tom and Gina Patt at Duke took care of all the paperwork," she said. "All that I had to do was write them and share with them how the money was going to be used towards reading in the classroom."

Batavia Elementary is in the process of acquiring first-grade level books that are age appropriate and is also looking for ways to organize those newly acquired books. This is where the grant will come into play, Fussnecker said.

"We geared the grant application towards reading materials for our accelerated reading program," she said. "The grant money will allow us to buy more books for that program and ways to organize them, such as new book racks."
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