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CCS Honors Professor Emeritus Who Gives Grants To Buy Books

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The Columbus City School board last night honored a woman who has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to get books in the hands of children in some of the district's most impoverished schools.  Gay Su Pinnell, a professor emeritus from the Ohio State School of Teaching and Learning, told board members that good teachers are only half the equation of raising reading scores and improving kids lives.  Pinnell has given Ohio Avenue, Devonshire and West Mound Elementary 150 thousand dollar grants over two years to buy books.  10 additional schools will get 20 thousand dollar grants this year. And Pinell has given the district over 40 thousand dollars to buy books for students to take home at the end of the school year, to keep them reading over the summer.
 

A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.
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