School’s Special Library Gets a Boost


Sherry Martin & Sandy Welborn

Sherry Martin & Sandy Welborn

A special library at Elkin Elementary School will soon be expanding with the help of a generous donation from The Winston-Salem Foundation. The Foundation’s $2,500 grant will fund book sets for leveled reading groups in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Title I Reading Specialist Sandy Welborn and her assistant Sherry Martin are excited about their third, and largest, grant award of this school year for the Leveled Literacy Library.

“This grant is special because it will allow us to buy several new titles to add to our Leveled Literacy Library,” said Welborn. “It will have a direct impact on all students at Elkin Elementary School. Teachers will have books on each child’s reading level.”

North Carolina kindergarten through third grade students are currently required to be assessed on reading levels from A-Z. For a third grader to be considered on grade level, the state expects them to proficiently read a level P or Q by the end of the year. When teachers assess their classes, they know all their students’ reading levels and can group students accordingly. Therefore, one teacher can have one reading group on Level L, one on level O, and another on Level Q. Research shows that reading close to your true level speeds reading growth; so when teachers use their reading data, students benefit. And by having all the books leveled and labeled as fiction or nonfiction, it makes it convenient for a teacher to go shopping for specific reading needs of her class. The Leveled Literacy Library benefits each of the school’s 600 plus students.

Welborn and Martin have set up the Leveled Literacy Library in a small room off the main library, conveniently located for all teachers at the school. The library is being carefully stocked with nonfiction and fiction with special attention given to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) related books.

“I’ve used it (Leveled Literacy Library) a lot because we don’t have textbooks in my class,” said Djuna Gallion, an Exceptional Children’s teacher. “It has been a great resource for my class.”

The Winston-Salem Foundation is a community foundation that supports charitable programs in the greater Forsyth County area. Founded in 1919 with a $1,000 gift, it now administers over 1,300 funds and had total custodial assets of $453.0 million at the end of 2016. In 2016, the Foundation granted $38.4 million to charitable causes, $2.8 million of which was through the Community Grants program.

Graduation Picture

Elkin High School Graduation

Graduation was streamed live on June 9th, 2017

Elkin High School live streamed the graduation ceremony on June 9th, 2017. If you missed graduation you can still watch the recorded event.

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EHS Graduation 2017