Wautoma Board of Education approves Little Free Library Project

The Wautoma Board of Education met on Aug. 12 at Wautoma High School and approved the Little Free Library Project. Nick Surprise from the Waushara County Health Department came to the Board meeting to pitch the Little Free Library project idea, which was his summer project while interning at the health department.

The project would be targeted toward children whose parents do not keep books in the house and cannot afford them. Nick noted that kids who do not have books in their house are on average three years behind than their peers. Nick was only asking for the approval of constructing the Little Free Libraries at each of the schools (Redgranite, Riverview, Parkside, and Wautoma High School). This is so that students know where the libraries are located and can easily access them.

The health department will be purchasing the libraries through the non-profit Little Free Libraries organization, and the libraries will slowly be filled with books through donations sent to the health department.

The School Board noted that they wanted to do something to help out, and talked about possibly helping with the upkeep or adding books if the library was running low, even though the health department already stated that they will be responsible for the upkeep.

The 2018-19 AP scores/participation stats were shared. Wautoma High School offers seven AP courses, but eight tests were offered. This is because a student does not have to be enrolled in an AP course to take the exam, so some students took the AP Physics exam, even though there isn’t a course offered at the high school yet.


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