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Teacher Encourages Reading

By MEAGAN COLLINS
Contributing Writer

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT: Union sixth grade teacher Briana Cleveland holds a check for her classroom grant that she received on May 11. Standing with her are, from left, Roger Ramseyer, market vice president for Cox Communications; Greg Simmons, Cox Charities advisory council; Tiffani Bruton, director of public affairs for Cox Communications; and Carly Senger, Cox Charities program manager.


MEAGAN COLLINS for GTR Newspapers


On May 11, Union sixth grade teacher Briana Cleveland was awarded a classroom grant for nearly $3,500 for her grant, “Book Love: Reigniting Our Love of Reading.” This is one of 13 grants, totaling $50,000, that the Cox Charities Innovation in Education program will award to Tulsa-area teachers this year.

Cleveland’s grant focuses on increasing the selection of books in the school library that appeal to students.

“Kids just need one book to make them say, ‘I’m a reader!’” said Cleveland. “There is a critical need for kids to engage in books. We have a lot of books (in the library), but not always the right ones for kids.”

The Cox Charities Advisory Council and the employees of Cox Communications annually contribute in order to provide these grants to the education community. Since the program’s inception in 2005, Cox Charities has donated over $6 million in Oklahoma and served more than 100,000 youths.

Updated 06-01-2017

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