Lee Anne Burton encourages students to develop love of reading
By Kaylyn Christopher Times West Virginian
June 17, 2013
MONONGAH — Lee Anne Burton, a second-grade teacher at Monongah Elementary School, has had a passion for books all her life.
“I just love reading, period,” Burton said.
As both a parent and an educator, Burton has made it her personal mission to spread her passion to others.
“When my daughters were small, I would always bring them to the library for weekly reading,” Burton said. “They loved it then and they still love it.”
And while her students have recently said goodbye to homework and tests and hello to swimming and sunshine, they are now adding a new item to their summer activity list — reading.
Burton was recently recognized by the Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE) team for leading an effort to encourage summer reading among her students.
“Lee Anne is a great example of an educator who is helping children continue learning during the summer and helping stop the summer slide for her students,” Dominique Young, senior director of Marketing & Business Development for Scholastic FACE, said.
For the past 12 years, Burton has tried to facilitate summer reading by purchasing books at yard sales and sending them home with students with the suggestion of reading for 20 minutes at a time, five days a week.
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