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Turning a new page with Tools for Schools

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MELROSE, Wis. (WXOW) - March is national reading month. Students at the Melrose-Mindoro Elementary School will have some new selections to enjoy thanks to the latest Tools for Schools Award.

Stacy Spors serves as the Reading Specialist for grades K-6 at Mel-Min. She is now the latest recipient of the $1,000 grant from SSE Music, Brenengen Auto, Dependable Solutions and River Bank. With the idea that reading is fundamental to all learning, Spors will use the grant to purchase a number of new books with a special focus on the kindergarten through second grade level.

"It really boosts their interest,” Spors said. “We're really working hard with our reading program on reading to self, reading to partners, reading independently, motivating students and reading at home. So, those new books really help with that."

Spors herself graduated from Melrose-Mindoro. She said she’s thrilled to be able to boost her alma mater through the Tools for Schools Award. Friday’s presentation coincided with a school book fair. Spors said the excitement kids have when browsing new books gives her a special feeling.

"Reading is your foundation for everything. So, it is so very important. My job as reading specialist is to promote those books...just doing whatever we can to boost that and boost that motivation for reading," said Spors.

Spors said she will enlist the help of her students to find books they like from the book fair and use the Tools for Schools Award to purchase those books.

Teachers can apply for the monthly award by clicking here.