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Kindergarten teacher instills importance of reading

Posted September 26, 2008

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— Swift Creek Elementary School teacher Margarette Harris wanted to make reading fun for her kindergarten students so she designed a reading loft as a reward for her class.

“My youngest sister when she was in kindergarten had a teacher who had a reading loft in her room. She's 21-years-old and she still talks about the reading loft,” Harris said.

The lofts Harris found online were too expensive so she drew sketches of what she wanted. After a few phone calls, Harris said Pulte Homes donated the materials needed to make the loft.

“We can't all be great teachers like Margarette, but we were able to use our resources to make things come together so it will affect young kids’ lives,” Pulte Homes spokeswoman Elizabeth Wicker said.

Handyman Steve Archer donated his time to build the loft.

“I’ve always had a desire to do things for education so this is how that evolved,” Archer said.

After 16 hours of work, the loft was complete. Harris hopes it will help students see reading is fun.

“I just want it to encourage them and inspire them and motivate them to read,” she said.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 26, 2008

    Great job, teachers! Thank you!!

    And, just think where the children would be, intellectually, if their parents instilled the "imporatance of reading" BEFORE they reached school age. Yeah, it's a crazy idea, I know. ;-)

  • USFeducator Sep 26, 2008

    Great job margarette! I teach 7th and 8th grade Language Arts. I have a literature corner with wingback chairs, a couch and a coffeee table. My students LOVE to read their books in the "living room." I got the chairs off craigslist for free and made 3 trips to get them into the school.

  • mramorak Sep 26, 2008

    Wow it's wonderful news!They must have done back round checks on the little ones before the class.

  • khoggard Sep 26, 2008

    I think this is great. As a high school teacher, I see kids all the time who hate to read. Maybe this will instill in them a love of reading that they will keep their entire lives.

  • Scubagirl Sep 26, 2008

    Saw this on the news this morning. What an awesome teacher to do this. kudos to her for having such an effect on her class.