Scottsbluff Public Schools Foundation

1722 First Avenue

Scottsbluff, NE 69361

foundation@sbps.net

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Scottsbluff Public Schools Foundation purchases English Language Arts Materials for Grades 3-5

The Scottsbluff Public Schools Foundation board voted unanimously to commit $83,146 to purchase Elementary supplementary storybooks for use with the adoption of the new Wit and Wisdom English Language Arts curriculum in grades 3-5 adopted by Scottsbluff Public Schools beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.

Literary texts featured in the Wit & Wisdom English curriculum draw students into engaging stories told in exemplary ways.  When students know a lot about a topic and know the vocabulary associated with that topic, they become stronger readers who can more easily learn new information. To build students’ knowledge, each Wit & Wisdom English module provides resources for 6–8 weeks of deep study of one topic, considered from multiple perspectives.  Through the exploration of poetry, prose, novels,

and short stories, the depth of what literature can offer deepens students’ understanding of the world and inspires a love of reading.

This grant is being made possible by the use of restricted funds from the Swanson Sisters Trust.  The Swanson Sisters were elementary teachers in Scottsbluff and left this trust to share their love of reading with elementary age children for years to come. 

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Foundation to make a gift that will have a significant direct impact to the instruction of English Language Arts at the elementary level,” said Alyssa Harvey, Foundation Director.  “Because Wit and Wisdom incorporates storybooks directly into the curriculum, this purchase is a wonderful way to meet both the needs of students and the intent of the donors.”

The adoption of the Wit & Wisdom English Language Arts curriculum in grades 3-8 is slated to be approved by the SBPS Board of Education at the May regular meeting.