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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019 6:21 am

A donor who wishes to remain anonymous made Fulton Learning Center fourth grade reading teacher Lisa Rozacky very happy near the end of this school year with a gift of money and books for her class.

Rozacky and her husband, Larry, met the donors at a local restaurant last year. Larry and the donor have become good friends and fishing buddies.

“My wife and I volunteered some ongoing money to help her provide more books because they just don’t have many at the school for that age group,” said the donor. “The next thing I know, Lisa’s husband was bringing us a very nice collection of thank you cards from the children.

“My wife and I were just so impressed with the cards. They are little works of art, each with its own message.

“The children named the books they were reading and even drew pictures of the books.”

The donor contacted The Rockport Pilot hoping his story might be shared and others might want to do something similar for local school children.

Rozacky said the donor learned about how much her students like to read, and decided to make the donation.

“I have between 800 and 1,000 books of my own,” she said. “I pick a few up whenever I see a Goodwill or a Half Price Book Store.”

The reason she collects a wide assortment of books is quite simple.

“I can motivate and install a love for reading if I can find the genre a student likes,” said Rozacky. “I like good literature, the old literature. The kids actually like the classics.

“I think they are much better than the science fiction or futuristic books.”

She said titles such as My Side of the Mountain and Island of the Blue Dolphin spur interest in reading, especially the boys.

“The more they practice reading, the more they learn,” said Rozacky. “It’s no different than sports. If you don’t practice, you don’t learn.”

She noted her students read on every level from first grade to high school.

“When they finish a book they fill out a simple book report,” said Rozacky. “Once they get five stickers they get a little treat, like a huge pickle or bag of chips.”

She said she is careful when it comes to book selection for that age group.

“I won’t let them read anything inappropriate,” said Rozacky.

She said the donation will provide funds for several hundred books.

“I’m going to provide books for their teachers next year in the fifth grade,” said Rozacky.

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