Ashley Hoban

Ashley Hoban was awarded the Read Across America Grant, and she said she has plans to use the funds for planting the seeds for well-rounded students. Photo contributed by Rome City Schools.

Educators wear many hats and one East Central Elementary fourth-grade teacher just may be seen wearing a tall top hat with red and white stripes this week. On Feb. 21, Ashley Hoban was awarded the Read Across America Grant in the amount of $150, and she said she has plans to use the funds for planting the seeds for well-rounded students. The grant was open to members of the Georgia Association of Educators.

Hoban said, “My grant used the story ‘The Lorax.’ This Dr. Seuss book teaches children to use natural resources responsibly. We are going to write a story about conservation, and as they learn about the world around them and the important role they can play, we are going to plant trees on our campus as the final project in the lesson.”

This was Hoban’s first time applying for this particular grant. “I was thankful and really humbled, because I knew there were going to be many other teachers applying for this grant,” said Hoban.

The school is buying copies of the book for each classroom and each class is going to get at least one tree to plant on the nature trail behind the school.