Service Stories Archive: Jesse Boyd Elementary School and Addressing Reading and Writing Problems (EDRE 444)

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This article was originally published in 2019.


Dr. Brooke Hardin’s Addressing Reading and Writing Problems class partners with Jesse Boyd Elementary School. The mission of JBES is to inspire and equip all young people to become lifelong learners and productive community members through a challenging and supportive environment which promotes academic excellence, confidence, and creativity¬†(

Dr. Hardin’s service learning project, “We Write the Books We Want to Read,” aims to invite preservice teacher candidates and elementary students to co-author informational books based on students’ personal interests and motivations for reading. The project involves the co-author pairs to research, plan, and use digital tools to create an original text about a self-selected topic. Students and their teachers receive printed copies of the books, and the project culminates with an Author Celebration where the students read aloud their books to parents, teachers, and other school personnel.

JBES & Upstate Student with computer & notebook

Check out two of the books co-created by JBES & Upstate students:  Tale from TailsLet’s Go Build