South Washington County Schools

Little Free Library at Valley Crossing Elementary

During a recent persuasive writing unit, Laura Larsen, second and third grade teacher at Valley Crossing, had her students write individual essays and a classroom speech.

The students brainstormed ways to make a positive impact on the school. They wrote a persuasive letter to principal Dr. Lela Olson that they would like to have a “Little Free Library” installed in the school’s Peace Garden. As an International Peace Site with a peace pole, students thought it would be fitting that the library look like a peace pole.

Students presented their case to Dr. Olson who gave them some action research to make this a reality. The students did their research, and persuaded her and the building and grounds department to move forward.

Raising enough money was a concern for students. However, a few students had someone in their family with building skills. Mrs. Larsen requested anyone willing to donate time and effort to make this a reality and one parent, Jon Lawson, generously built the Little Free Library. Meanwhile, students began bringing in book donations to fill the library with.

On Thursday, June 8, students arrived at school and were greeted with the new library! The entire student body had a chance to see the library in the building before it was placed in the Peace Garden on Saturday, June 10.

To celebrate this new addition, Mrs. Larsen will be hosting "Summer Story Time" over the summer for former, current and future Valley Crossing families. All are welcome to attend and listen to stories, visit the new library and stock up on great books! Summer Story Times are scheduled for Tuesday, June 27 from 10-10:45 a.m., Tuesday, July 25 from 10-10:45 a.m. and Tuesday, August 8 from 10-10:45 a.m.