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Hero and Project Description: 

Gorder’s innovative teaching idea, “Taking Reading to New Heights,” focuses on building comfortable reading spaces for the students at Sharon F. Delzer Elementary. With the Voya grant, Gorder plans to construct a reading loft, with the help of the wood shop teacher, local veterans, community helpers, and older students. No other classroom in the school has had a reading loft, a fun and exciting tool to encourage reading. According to Leake’s research, studies indicate high-quality classroom environments help children feel safe, secure, and valued. As a result, self-esteem can increase and students can become motivated to engage in the learning process. As such, the reading loft will become a highly motivating tool.

Unsung Hero City: 
Estelline
Unsung Hero State: 
SD
Unsung Hero School: 
Sharon F. Delzer Elementary School
Unsung Hero Year: 
2 018
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