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Central Elementary Teacher Receives Classroom Grant for Books

November 29, 2021 Kristin Lunsford, a 1st grade teacher at Central Elementary, was awarded a $1,000 grant through Pi Beta Phi’s FDS500 Grant Program. Kristin was able to purchase $1,000 worth of books through First Book Marketplace for all her students. This grant was provided by the Tuscaloosa Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club.

The month of September, Pi Beta Phi celebrates ‘Read, Lead, and Achieve’ month. During this month the Tuscaloosa Alumnae club was able to reach out to a teacher in the classroom, and provide them with a grant worth $1000 in books. Kristin was able to purchase enough books to add to her classroom library and she is even able to send home wrapped books with her students as Christmas presents so they have something to read over the long break!

When asked how this grant will affect Kristen’s students, her response, “This grant will be able to successfully build my classroom library to make my students excited about reading. I want to make these students as successful as I can and I truly feel like receiving a grant and providing them with books would give them a drive. I would love to provide these books to open them up to the world to experience things they may have never been exposed to. “

Tuscaloosa Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club awarded Kristen with a $1,000 check on Oct 22. Kristin and her students were so excited and cannot wait to read the new books when they are shipped in during the month of November. The Tuscaloosa Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club plans to return to Kristin’s classroom monthly to do read alouds and literacy activities with her students. Picture below: Tuscaloosa Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club Members Robin McDaniel (Far Left) and Monica Gailes (Back right) present a $1,000 check to Kristen Lunsford and her 1st grade class. 

Class book check presentation

Monica Gailes, Tuscaloosa Pi Beta Phi Alumne Club president, (left) presents Kristin Lunsford (right) with a check for books for her class.