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Graham Primary School Wins $10,000 NBC4 Make A Difference School Grant

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - NBC4 is committed to making a difference in school classrooms in Central Ohio. That's why NBC4 is giving away $30,000 to schools in need with the NBC4 Make A Difference School Grant.

The grants are divided into three size divisions, and one of the finalists in the small school division, as voted on and chosen by a panel of judges, is Graham Primary School.

The Graham Primary School has had to deal with limited resources while balancing the importance of reading at a young age.

Faculty and parents are working together to get their students what they need, but a $10,000 grant from NBC4 would make quite a difference.

"Well, I like to read fairy chapter books. I've been making a couple of books on my own in my classroom," said Shivani Tennety, a kindergarten student.

Tennety and her classmates love reading, but their primary school that includes kindergarten through 3rd grade is located in the old Indianola Middle School building that was constructed in 1908 and does not have a library.

As a result, getting their hands on a variety of books is a challenge.

Small makeshift classroom libraries are all students have at the school.

"Within a classroom, a library is a small space, and so we have to have a bigger library in order to be able to have more books to access for the kids who are not going to the library outside of school. It's pretty tough sometimes," said Tim Singley, a classroom helper.

Teachers have had to be creative, and have printed books from the computer.

"We've been able to get grants from certain groups. Barnes and Noble has helped us out as well as Half Price Books store. Some parents who have spent their money on books for the classroom, but we don't have endless funds," Singley said.

Dean of instruction, Julia Handelman, said they have the perfect location for a library in the building if the school wins the grant.

"So we would have cafeteria time down here, and then we could close this area off, which is now used as a small group instruction for reading. But we could make it a small library," Handelman said.

Shelving, furniture, carpet, and lighting would all be needed to complete the vision – along with more books.

"I think it would make a huge difference for my students. I know they already have that love of learning and reading," said Sharla Starker, a kindergarten teacher.

We will announce the winners in the small size division next Tuesday on NBC4 at 6 a.m.

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