Gale Elementary School teacher Mrs. Hannah Sainz has a first grade inclusion class of 20 children, a general education class that has general education students, as well as children with IEPs (Individualized Education Plans). She requested leveled books and bins to store them in, and the Rincon Rotary purchased them for her. Leveled books are books that are selected by the teacher using each student's specific reading level. Students are then able to access texts that they can both read and comprehend independently. An important part of the literacy experience in first grade is "read to self". These books will be used during this time.
Rincon Rotary's support is part of its Rotary LOCAL program, whose mission is to help improve the local community through educational outreach. Rotary LOCAL can provide manpower, resources from local business partners, or in some cases, direct financial support to teachers who apply for assistance.
To find out more about Rotary LOCAL and how it may be able to help you, go to rotarylocal.org. Primary support for Rotary LOCAL comes from the Rincon Rotary's annual fundraiser, The Tucson Taste of Chocolate.