FAITH – The Faith Academy has added 50 books to its growing library thanks to the Library of Congress and Congressman Ted Budd.
Budd, a Republican whose 13th congressional district includes Rowan County, arrived at school on Monday morning with a couple of assistants to drop off books and spoke to fifth grade students in front of the school. Books are a mixture of class-specific texts, fiction and non-technical literature.
Opening the doors to students two weeks ago, the books will add to a collection that Academy Council Chairman George Wilhelm said has grown to thousands thanks to community donations.
“We have little used books. Some people bring new books. Some people order books from Amazon over the Internet, ”said Wilhelm.
Jennifer Rose Stoner, a fifth grade teacher at the Academy, said she first approached the Library of Congress because she was interested in getting the books. Library staff advised that the donation would facilitate the representation. So she contacted Budd’s staff.
Stoner said the library was dear to her heart because she produced audiotapes of books that her brothers, who are legally blind, listened to as they grew up. The visit was exciting for Stoner as well. She has never met Budd, and teaching about government is one of the standards for fifth graders.
“It’s not every day that you see someone from Congress,” Stoner said.
During the visit, Budd also answered students’ questions.
The students asked him how to get into Congress and if he plans to go further.
In fact, Budd is running for the U.S. Senate to take over for Senator Richard Burr after he steps down in 2022.
Another student asked him about the easiest part of his job. He replied that it was easiest to be at home and talk to groups of students, such as the kids at Faith Academy.
Budd positions himself as an advocate of “school choice” and independent institutions such as charter schools. Charters are public schools and receive taxes, but they are not tied to larger school districts and are treated by the state as laboratory schools.
“We want to support education in general, but we also love seeing charter schools, innovation, getting the most out of taxpayer dollars, and working hard on education,” Budd said. “People vote with their feet. These families do not need to be here in the community of the Faith. They can choose other schools, but they chose here. “
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Budd said he did not attend as many schools as usual, but hopes to resume attending more schools.