A book for very child: Middlesettlements Elementary School launches drive for new reading books
By Nancy Kemp | Blount County Schools
“Ask and they will give.”
That’s the concept of a drive by Middlesettlements Elementary School and first-year principal April Herron to raise funds for reading books for the K-5 school.
Herron’s dream for her students is for every Middlesettlements child to have a reading textbook.
“We are dreaming big for our students at MSE and have set a major goal to raise the money for the textbooks ourselves,” Herron said. “Our current reading books are seven years old and do not align with our standards. By providing our students with a new reading series, which are aligned to the new Common Core standards, we can impact many lives for the next six years.”
Herron’s enthusiasm for her dream has spread not only to her immediate staff, current parents, grandparents and students, but it has also captured the support of Louisville Mayor Tom Bickers, his wife, Gloria, and other members of their church, St. Marks United Methodist.
“We want the community to get more involved in our schools,” Tom Bickers said. “We hope to broaden the circle of people who want to support our students. People said they wouldn’t support the recent tax referendums unless we could guarantee that it would enable each child to have a book in hand. I’ve called them on that and now they have a chance to make that happen.”
Gloria Bickers has connected her church group as a power donor for the textbook objectives, and she is working on organizing volunteerism in the Middlesettlements classrooms.
The upcoming 4th annual Octoberfest, which will be hosted Oct. 26 by the city of Louisville, will promote the Middlesettlements dream and the mayor is convinced that Herron’s three-year goal will be a reality this year.
“We’re going to get you there,” he said.