In connection with the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly remodeled library, Bryant Middle School, is issuing “The Challenge” to all students and staff beginning October 27, 2016, which is to read 100 pages a month to meet a school goal of reading more than 200,000 pages before the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
Bryant Middle School received $8000 in funding from the Utah Legends Golf Tournament to purchase informational and fictional texts for the library. This substantial donation resulted in more than 480 books being added to the shelves. The Haloti Ngata Family Foundation and Salt Lake Education Foundation were a part of honoring the V.I.P. Donors: Lavell Edwards, Former Brigham Young University Football Coach, and Rob McBride, Former University of Utah Football Coach.
Students need opportunities for sustained encounters with print as well as practice and application of literacy strategies throughout the school day (Montero, Alvermann, & Swafford, 2004). Principal James E. Yapias and Emily DeJong, the school Library Technology Teacher, have worked to create a school library that has become the center of the educational community. This contribution provides students who may have limited print resources at home with opportunities to check out new, up-to-date, and relevant texts for their academic and personal reading. The new books are a mix of informational text (about 60%) and high-interest fictional text (about 40%) chosen to reflect areas of student interest in grades 7-8.
“Over the last two years, the updated library collection has helped increase circulation by 133%,” said Ms. DeJong. “This increase in student reading has been supported by all teachers, which is what makes our school culture academically strong. The new books made possible by the Utah Legends Golf Tournament will make our library collection diverse and vibrant.”
Bryant’s ongoing commitment to a high-quality library program is one reason Bryant’s students are demonstrating high levels of academic performance.