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A New Book "What I've Learned So Far...The Next Generation" Helps Funding For Springfield Scho


The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools has launched a new book in an effort to raise money for local schools. KSMU’s Xiaowen Tan reports.

Executive Director of the Foundation, Nancy Fazzino, said the book features more than 1,000 entries and artwork from students and teachers in Springfield Public Schools.

“This is actually the second edition. The first one was published in 1993. And it’s ‘What I’ve Learned So Far…The Next Generation.’ It’s just little snippets of information from kids’ thoughts of what they learned so far of the students at SPS”, she said.

Fazzino said teachers helped collect the entries found in the book.

“We e-mailed teachers some principles and asked them to help us for this book. And they went to their classes, and some of them used their classroom projects, others just had them submit thoughts. And there was a selection committee”, she said.

And Fazzino shared one of the lessons kids wrote about.

“This is Jordan, age 11, that ‘Everyone is different, special, and unique. There is good in every person, even if you have to look a little harder to see it.’

A 10-year-old girl named Elizabeth wrote she learned not to give her dog beans. And a six-year-old named Skylar learned that the Pilgrims came from England. Kalei, age 12, wrote that when you’re texting someone, always check who you’re sending it to. And Eunice, age 13, learned that your input in life is what determines your output.

Finally Fazzino said the role of the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools is changing now, due to a tight state budget.

“We bridge the gap between that funding and what the students need in the classroom. And so of course we have a bigger job now because of the state budget that often times they will look at us for the classroom grants and the things that are really important for a student”, she said.

The proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools’ Back to School grant program. This book will be sold for $19.95 through the foundation’s website: Also, the book can be purchased at upcoming book fairs. March 14, Central HS Library, 3:30-5:30pmMarch 15, Glendale HS Library, 3:30-5:30pmMarch 16, Hillcrest HS Library, 3:30-5:30pmMarch 29, Kickapoo HS Library, 3:30-5:30pmMarch 30, Parkview HS Library, 3:30-5:30 pm

For KSMU news, I’m Xiaowen Tan.