Cleveland teacher Shelby Kammer has a burning desire to instill a love of reading in her kindergarteners.
Earlier this year WKYC fulfilled her wish to establish a cozy reading corner inside her classroom at George Washington Carver School on Cleveland's East Side. WKYC donated the new rug and bean bag chairs that Kammer requested on the Donors Choose website.
And on Tuesday we tossed in an extra present, just in time for the holidays.
We sent WKYC special correspondent Leon Bibb over to Kammer's classroom, where he took a seat in the rocking chair and delivered a spirited reading of "Llama Llama Holiday Drama," to the children's delight.
Ever the storyteller, Bibb captivated the kids by reading in singsong rhythm and prompted them to talk about the meaning of the story. Don't get caught up in the holiday rush, he cautioned them -- but take time to enjoy just being home with your family.
The visit was spurred by a heartfelt letter that Kammer wrote recently. "When receiving several large boxes at our door, my students were extremely eager and excited to find out what was inside," her letter to WKYC began.
Her students, Kammer wrote, "have loved getting to use these bean bags in our reading corner to get cozy with a new book. They have also loved using this rug to check their alphabet matching or work on their iPads. These products have given so much to my students and to my classroom. We are all eternally grateful."
WKYC donated the items to support the station's #PromiseReads collaboration with the Sisters of Charity Foundation, which promotes family literacy in the Central neighborhood.
After reading two stories in the rocking chair, Bibb handed out cookies to the class. He also encouraged the students to read at least two books at home during the holiday break, and gave away a box of books provided by the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank.