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School might be out for summer, but teachers at Biloxi Junior High School in Mississippi are already preparing for the fall. A group of teachers and volunteers are turning the 8th grade English hallway into an “Avenue of Literature” by painting the 189 unused lockers—which had been sealed shut for security reasons for more than 15 years—to look like the spines of popular books.
The teachers are hoping that by surrounding their students with books of all genres—including classics like Gulliver’s Travels and Moby Dick, and newer titles, like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and The Hunger Games—they’ll inspire them to explore and love literature—no matter which book they choose. Elizabeth Williams, one of the teachers working on the project, toldWLOX, “We want students to come back to school in August and walk on the hallway and be absolutely amazed with what we’ve done and be curious. We want that to be the driving spark for reading in our classrooms.”
Private and public donations, as well as a $600 grant from Biloxi First, funded the project, which will be celebrated at a ribbon cutting ceremony today.