South Sound High School paraeducator Terri Evans was honored at the South Sound Reading Foundations recent Readers are Leaders breakfast.
Evans was presented with the Lois Asay Literacy Champion Award, which is named after a former North Thurston principal and longtime Reading Foundation volunteer.
During the past 18 months or so, Evans, who is a math paraeducator, has helped expand the book collection at the Lacey alternative high school with money and book donations that she secured from businesses and nonprofits.
She also personally contacted authors and publishers to get free books, and paid for many books out of her own pocket.
The schools library has gone from 600 mostly outdated books to 2,100 popular titles. Students say they are reading more than ever, thanks to Evans work.
I wrote about Evans and the expansion of South Sounds book collection last month, as part of a Sunday package on trends in school libraries. Click here to view the story.