Library Reading Program
The centerpiece of the program is our library store. If you haven't seen it, do stop in.
The program has multiple layers to it and here is how it works. The top layer consists of students reading a book and sharing it with a volunteer. Books may be from anywhere, home, public library, or school library. For every book read, the student gets play money which is banked in the library store. Only two books may be shared each library period due to time constraints. Four times a year the Library Store is opened and the children may withdraw their money to buy gifts for their families around the holidays. A popular shopping day is Mother's Day in May! Free wrapping is provided both for the Mother's Day and for the Holiday sale in December.
By giving children play money, they are taught math in a fun way, counting, making change and learning about interest etc.
In applying for a job in the store as cashier, banker, security etc. the children not only learn about filling out a job application form, but also problem solving, writing payroll checks, and other life skills.
Hopefully, again this year students will run the payroll department and other duties related to the store.
Reading,writing, library skills, people skills, art and our Character Counts program are all incorporated in the reading program. The purpose is to encourage recreational reading, empower students in different kinds of ways, and hold them responsible for the choices they make. This is a non-competitive and totally optional program.
or the volunteers below.
Some of last years' special programs were so successful that we have renewed them all!