Round Rock teacher raises money for school library


    English teacher Stephanie Martin is making sure all of her students at Early College High School have access to books. (CBS Austin)

    English teacher Stephanie Martin is making sure all of her students at Early College High School have access to books.

    The school is part of Round Rock ISD and partners with Austin Community College to give students a jump start on an Associate's Degree.

    Martin says the school offers endless educational opportunities but one thing is missing -- a library.

    "I've been working on growing my collection here but I can only do so much on a teacher's salary," says Martin.

    Last month, Martin turned to Donorschoose.org, a crowd-funding website for teachers.

    Within three weeks parents, fellow teachers and strangers raised more than five hundred dollars for new books of every genre.

    "It's been fun each time the door opens for each class period to watch them walking in and seeing 'wow there's all these fresh new reading material on our tables today,'" says Martin.

    Martin designates thirty minutes a day for students to read any book of their choice.

    Her students say it's one of their favorite assignments. "I get to a point where I start at the top of the page and suddenly I'm at the end of the page and I don't know how I got there," says student Mary Herring.

    Martin's love for reading came at an early age. "Thomas Jefferson said that to read a book is to live a thousand lives instead of one," says Martin.

    She's hoping the new classroom library will inspire her students to enjoy books; students say it already has.

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