When Stonehurst Hills teacher Wendy Graff learned about FMFCU Foundation’s Teacher Mini-Grant program, she knew exactly what her students could use- new books.  Ms. Graff noted that some of her students are reading below grade level and she is determined to help them improve. FMFCU Foundation chose her project as one of 12 Teacher Mini-Grants awarded during the 2018-2019 school year.

The funds were used to purchase classroom library books for the Upper Darby school and can be “updated in order to improve student engagement, help foster a love for reading, and improve student’s fluency and comprehension skills.” The grant also gave Wendy the opportunity to purchase  more high interest books for the students to read “to keep them wanting to read about the characters and their adventures.”

“Thank you FMFCU Foundation for the grant that you gave to Miss Graff so she could get more fresh books for us to read. It inspires us to read more because the books are nice and interesting. We really appreciate it and it’s extraordinary that you did this for us.”- Stonehurst Student

Upper Darby School District officials and FMFCU Foundation representatives at the grant presentation, (left to right) Franklin Salerno, Director of Elementary Education, Daniel McGarry, Superintendent of Schools, Aaronda Beauford, Principal, Wendy Graff, Grant recipient, Rick Durante, FMFCU Foundation Executive Director, and Ryan Buchmann, FMFCU Financial Resource Centers Manager.

In her application, Wendy told us that “there is a tremendous amount of research that shows student growth is directly correlated with guided reading instruction.” The funds offer Wendy engaging books to plan daily guided reading lessons for her students. We can’t wait to see the results!