BANGOR- The Maine Education Association is doing what it can to create life-long readers.
It was all smiles at the Abraham Lincoln school in Bangor.
First graders received free books from the Maine Education Association.
“I fundamentally believe that all parents want their kids to thrive and do well” John Tennett, the school’s principal told us. “I think when they bring a new book home and they see they’re excited to read, I think it inspires all of us.”
The book the students received is titled Lizards.
The MEA president, Grace Leavitt, says she hopes that book sparks students interests in stem subjects as well.
“Students in up to grade two are learning to read. After that they’re reading to learn,” Leavitt said. “Obviously, learning is what we’re all about at the MEA, wanting all of our students to have the same opportunities to learn and learn well.”
This is the fifth year that MEA has done its “Cat Tracks Tour.”
It’s part of an effort to make public schools better.
“All of our students don’t have books at home,” Leavitt said. “Not all our students come with the same backgrounds to our school and our schools really work hard to address those inequities but the MEA is trying very hard to address that as well, making sure students have their own book … books, hopefully the collection grows,” Leavitt added.
By the end of the year, each first grader will have received four books from the MEA.