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Some Oklahoma A+ Schools

Set to Receive 10,000 Books

Students Being Encouraged to ‘Read for Pleasure’

EDMOND—Thanks to a recently-received grant, a number of Oklahoma A+ Schools will be recipients of 10,000 new books.

The schools receiving the grants are part of a University of Central Oklahoma program that encourages students to “read for pleasure.”

Because of the grant, 5,000 Oklahoma students will each receive two reading books, and teachers of those students will receive professional development training.

“Our state has placed tremendous emphasis on reading via the Oklahoma Reading Sufficiency Act,” Dr. Tyler Weldon, operations director of Oklahoma A+, said.

“We believe that along with high quality reading instruction, developing a lifetime love of reading is fostered when children are encouraged to read books for pleasure.”

The Molina Foundation is a nonprofit focused on reducing disparities in access to education and health.

Since its inception in 2004, the group has worked with more than 1,000 organizations and schools, donating more than 2.5 million books to worthwhile recipients.

“The teachers at Oklahoma A+ Schools are tremendous advocates for the power of independent reading,” said Martha Molina Bernadett, M.D., president of the foundation.

“We are thrilled to partner with them to provide new pleasure reading books to help enhance their work and add capacity to the wonderful instruction these teachers provide every day in their classroom.”

Since its founding in 2002, the Oklahoma A+ network has provided the state’s only research-based, whole school reform model and supports schools throughout the state.

Those schools encourage creativity, innovation and critical thinking with ongoing professional development, an intricate network of support and an active research component conducted by university professors.

Spanning the state and growing every year, the network of more than 70 schools represents early childhood education through high school in urban, suburban and rural Oklahoma communities.