Connolly Students Get Excited for More Books

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Fourth-grade students in Susan Bouza’s class at Connolly School celebrated their classroom’s new library of books with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 27.

The hundreds of books include a variety of genres and align with units of study in Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, which the district implemented last school year. According to Connolly School Principal Julie Mullan, the program has inspired district students to write.

“We’ve watched our students go from hesitant writers to being more able and excited to write,” Ms. Mullan said. “Their writing stamina has also increased.”

While Ms. Bouza’s class was the first to receive the library, it won’t be the last, as all classrooms at Connolly and Landing schools in grades 3-5 are also receiving books. These new books were made available thanks to an 611 IDEA grant through the special education department to provide intervention and strategies for special education and general education students.