|The new look in Biloxi Junior High School's Eighth-Grade Hallway|
According to ABC's Good Morning America:
“We’ve gotten exactly the response we wanted,” Williams, who is also the ELA Department chairwoman, told ABC News. “Students who never thought about reading are now asking questions.”Echoed Butera: “Students are bragging about the books they’ve read. All of a sudden it’s this badge of honor to be able to say they’ve read these books in the hallway.“All they want to know is where are these books and how do I get my hands on them,” she said.
So some creativity on the part of two caring teachers added to a lot of elbow grease and a little help from friends, sponsors, and volunteers, and suddenly a group of kids is more excited about books than they ever have been in their lives.
That's what I call a big win for everyone involved. Thanks, ladies...and all who helped by painting lockers or picking up some of the costs incurred. Great job by all.
(There are more great pictures on the ABC site I linked too up above. The picture I've clipped here was provided to ABC by Elizabeth Williams, one of the two teachers who came up with this brilliant idea.) The other teacher's name, by the way, is Stacy Butera.