Meet Tracey King Title I Reading Coordinator and Librarian for grades K-6 at Milan Village School.
Tracey will be our host as the Busload of Books Tour loops through Milan, New Hampshire next September.
Shewas kind enough to take a few minutes to tell us about herself, her students, and her school.
WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?
I love helping my students learn to read, whether the basic skills of letter sounds to the higher-thinking skills of reading comprehension. Most of all, I hope I am instilling a love for reading that will carry over as they grow from little learners into big learners. I want them to associate reading with fun and gain the gift of imagination as they go through life.
WHAT DO YOU WISH PEOPLE BETTER UNDERSTOOD ABOUT THE CHALLENGES FACING TITLE I SCHOOLS?
Some of our students don’t have access to technology resources. Some don’t have the means to purchase good quality books to keep at home. Sometimes, the only nutritious meals they receive are the ones served at school. However, despite this, the teachers and staff who work in Title I schools are some of the most dedicated teaching professionals. We truly care about our students, their well-being, their social-emotional health, their learning journey, and, most of all, we are always hoping that we are doing enough for them.
WHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL’S GREATEST CHALLENGE?
We are in a very rural area of New Hampshire. Sometimes, it’s hard to get diverse opportunities for our students and guest speakers (like author visits) because of the area we live in. And funding, of course, is always an ongoing issue.
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR TOP PRIORITIES IF YOUR SCHOOL HAD MORE FUNDING?
1. Curriculum resources for teachers.
2. Basic supplies for teachers to use for students.
3. Outdoor playground equipment – update what we have.
4. New classroom furniture/flexible seating.
5. Books – updated books for classroom libraries and school library.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SCHOOL TRADITIONS?
We do downhill skiing, cross country skiing, and/or snowshoeing every Friday starting in January for four weeks. It’s an opportunity for our students to try an outdoor activity they might not have been able to. We also have a monthly challenge that often gives back to the community. The winning class receives our stuffed school mascot, Rufus the Bobcat, to live in their classroom for that month. Some of our challenges have included: Treats for Troops and food and canned goods challenges for food pantries.