“It’s a very unique grant because it encompasses the whole school, the town, the community and all the families of our children,” said Lyn Lauffer, Sheldon School Librarian.
Lauffer says the program provides free books and literacy programs- such as writing and storytelling workshops. Schools with high percentages of students scoring below state standards in reading and writing can apply; this year eight were chosen.
Vermont schools chose are: Albany Community School, Bradford Elementary, Ludlow Elementary, and Sheldon School. In New Hampshire the schools include Valley View Community School, Pleasant Street School, Beech Street School, and Stewartstown Community School.
“That will mean a lot for our kids and their growth in literacy,” said Lauffer.
Over the course of one school year the school library and the town library will each receive one thousand dollars to purchase new books. And each student will get up to ten books to keep.
“It’s especially important in a community like ours where some families face financial challenges and are not able to purchase books on their own. Many children don't have books in the home and this is one way that we can first of all supply books that they can keep, and also have even more books for them to take out of the library both this one and the public library,” said Lauffer.
Lauffer says in a time where schools are strapped for cash this program is especially important for students to build a better educational foundation.
“The ability to read is the single most important skill any child can learn and this will help us advance that cause with our children,” said Lauffer.
Children's Literacy Foundation is a non- profit based in Waterbury Center, Vermont.
Each year the foundation helps a new set of schools, so if you’re interested in applying- click here.