Plainview second-grade teacher Kelley Simmons received one of six grants awarded by the Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals Thursday.

 


Plainview second-grade teacher Kelley Simmons received one of six grants awarded by the Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals Thursday.


Simmons will use the grant to purchase a listening center for her classroom.


The center will be used during the students’ workshop time, in which they participate in stations in groups of three or four to improve language arts skills.


“It’s a time for small group, hands-on learning,” Simmons said.


The center will include books, CDs, headphones and junction boxes. It will enable groups of children to listen to a book on tape together, without disrupting other students in the room.


“This will help build their listening comprehension skills and auditory learning,” Simmons said.


After listening and reading the books, students will be tested by Simmons and through the Accelerated Reader program.


“It will help prepare students for the state tests and help build confidence in reading,” Simmons said.


Books will cover a wide range of reading levels.


“This will help push kids to the next level and the ones that need a starting push will get it,” Simmons said.


Students anticipate the addition, as Simmons said workshop is their favorite time.


“They know we got the money, and they are looking forward to having something new,” she said.


The application process included making an itemized list of supplies for the project. Things will be ordered immediately and are expected to arrive in a couple of weeks.


“We are really proud Kelley took that initiative to secure that grant for our school,” Principal Lisa Moore said.


Jennifer Lindsey, 221-6536