TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- Tippecanoe School Corporation leaders are working to bring more diverse learning to the classroom.
The corporation got two $1,000 grants from the Indiana Humanities non-profit. The grant is paying for educational books with topics focusing on diversity. These books will go to all the middle schools and high schools.
Alicia Spray, Media and Instructional Technology Specialist, applied for the grant for the middle schools. She said the recent nationwide conversations surrounding racial injustice inspired her.
"I did an audit of our collection and that's when I noticed that there were some holes, and then, of course, we have these recent events that are going on throughout the nation and that's what was really the catalyst to want to explore this option further," said Spray.
She believes these books will provide lessons for students that they'll carry on for years to come.
"I'm hoping that through the short term, this discussion that they are able to have within their classrooms, one that it insights respectful conversation and then that can continue throughout the rest of their high schools and then into their young adult lives," said Spray.
Spray said teachers have the option to include these books in their lesson plans. She's hoping students choose to read them on their own.
The list of books, ebooks, audiobooks, and films the school will be purchasing with the grant:
A Song Below Water - Bethany Morrow
All the Days Past, All the Days to Come - Mildred Taylor
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America - Ibi Zoboi
Color Me In - Natasha Diaz
Colorblind: A Story of Racism - Johnathan Harris
I Will Not Be Erased: Our Stories About Growing Up As People of Colour - Gal-Dem
If You Come Softly - Jacqueline Woodson
Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice (adapted for YA) - Bryan Stevenson Ebook
Say Her Name: Poems to Empower #Blacklivesmatter - Zetta Elliott
Stamped from the Beginning - Jason Reynolds
This Book is Anti-Racist - Tiffany Jewell
Voices of Freedom: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices Wade Hudson - Wade Hudson