HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 13, 2013 – “That is so sweet! This is unbelievable!” said a beaming Kim Cobb as HPU senior Alyssa Springer delivered a hand painted “literacy stool” to Cobb’s Kindergarten class at Florence Elementary today.
Springer was one of a number of North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators (NCAEE) HPU cohort members who dropped off stools for every teacher at the elementary school. It was all part of the first annual outreach project planned by Dr. Debbie Linville, assistant professor of elementary education at HPU and director of NCAEE Region 5. Each stool was hand painted specifically for the teacher it was given to. Cobb’s was painted pink and green, her favorite colors.
“It was really rewarding,” said Springer. “We all got together and painted the stools. Seeing the look on the teacher’s face when I gave her the stool was amazing.”
The “literacy stools” were not only made to say “thank you” to teachers, but to also help create a special space in classrooms for reading.
After springer delivered the stool, Cobb’s students worked together to find the perfect spot for the stool.
“This was an amazing opportunity for our pre-service educators to celebrate the teaching profession,” said Linville.
The NCAEE is the only professional organization in North Carolina established expressly to advocate for and serve elementary educators and their students.