Kershaw Intermediate School students accepting donations of recycled plastics

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“Do we have any books on Idaho?” “Where can I get a book about winter sports?“ I just got a new puppy, do you have any books about how to train him to roll over?” The students of Kershaw’s Intermediate school can anticipate the joy of finding answers to the questions they seek in new and relevant books in their non-fiction section. On February 6, 2020 the Kershaw Intermediate School in the Sugar Salem School District received a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council for $1,000. The money will be used to update the non-fiction section of the school library.

Almost two years ago the Kershaw Intermediate school library underwent a major renovation. School administrator Neil Williams, Librarian Cadence Gehmlich and volunteers set the goal of creating a space that is organized, relevant and user friendly to 4th- 6th grade students and the school staff. The importance of this project is captured in providing an opportunity for children to learn to understand their responsibilities in a global and changing world. This is the essence of humanities. Neil Williams, school principal commented, “The Kershaw school feels a special charge to provide opportunities for developing the habits of mind, the character, the values, and the commitment needed to make the world a better place in ourselves and in our students. Books and literature allow for individual exploration and discovery at such a critical age. Our students ranging from 4th grate to 6th grade provide an ideal time for developing habits of how to not only see the world but to ask questions about the world and where to get those answers.”

The Idaho Humanities Council (IHC), the statewide nonprofit organization devoted to enhancing public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities in Idaho, recently awarded $115,122 in grants to organizations and individuals. Forty-two awards include twenty-five major grants for public humanities programs, two research fellowships, six Opportunity Grants, four Teacher Incentive Grants, three Museum on Main Street programming grants, and two other funded program partnerships. The grants were supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Idaho Humanities Council’s Endowment for Humanities Education.