Big thanks to Kids First who awarded Mrs. Baumann and her first and second grade class a grant for $300 worth of books, a CD/cassette tape player and 3 book tubs. Mrs. Baumann is going to use the books as "mentor text" for her writing program. A mentor text is a book used to teach a specific reading or writing strategy or skill, exemplifying the strategy being taught. For example, Mrs. Baumann will use a book with a wonderful closing paragraph to teach students how to write a good conclusion. Mrs. Baumann is excited about the cassette player — she has a box full of books on tape that the class will now be able to listen to. Thanks, Kids First!