Imagine if you got to do this at primary school!
The good teachers at Parkdale School in Edmonton gave their students $25 each and let them run wild at a Chapter’s bookstore this week to help replenish the school’s library. Students from kindergarten up to ninth grade selected dinosaur books, ca magazines, and even a few Stephen King paperbacks. All up, the kids nabbed 410 books.
The Edmonton Journal reports that Parkdale is an “inner-city school that puts extra emphasis on literacy and writing”. My favourite bit of the article is this: “The field trip ended up being part literature lesson, part math class. With a price limit, students had to figure out each book’s Canadian price and how much money they had left. Some, with a few dollars left over, opted to pool their money with a friend and get an extra book.”
Can’t you just see the kids getting together and working out what coins would buy which books, like they were swapping marbles in the playground?
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