Statistics show when students start kindergarten and read 20 minutes a day, they will hear 1.8 million words per year. They will have read for 851 hours by 6th grade and they will likely score better on standardized tests. With that knowledge of the importance of reading, the Cherokee 5th grade class of 2021 recently donated a sidewalk library to Cherokee Elementary School.
They converted a refurbished newspaper stand into the walk-up library and added a collection of donated library books for all levels of readers. Throughout the year, students will add to the collection as books are read. It will be located in front of the elementary school on the west side.
They encourage everyone to feel free at any time to take a book from the library and leave a book if they would like.
Fifth grade co-presidents, Dawson Schanbacher and Cash Cantellay stated, “We wanted to do something for Cherokee Elementary and thought this would be a great way to give back to others as we move on and further our education in the junior high. We want to share the love of reading to other students and our community whenever possible. Thank you for our great years at Cherokee Elementary!!”