A new ÍæÅ¼½ã½ã School District literacy initiative, Clipper Literacy Leaders, is bringing together high school and elementary school students.
The program, spearheaded by Vicki Williams, a literacy coach at Kreamer Street Elementary, and Colleen Oates-Robesch, the high school’s library media specialist, aims to promote literacy and a love of reading.
Through the initiative, high school English language arts students visit the district’s elementary schools and read books to elementary students. The selected books tie into the district’s social and emotional learning curriculum and connect with cultural/identity celebrations of each month.
The program kicked off on Oct. 4 with high school students visiting Kreamer Street to read “Isabel and Her Colores Go to School” by Alexandra Alessandri, which focuses on empathy. The bilingual book was selected because it ties into Hispanic Heritage Month.
“It was a wonderful way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in an authentic manner,” said Oates-Robesch.
Going forward, high school students will be visiting Frank P. Long, ÍæÅ¼½ã½ã and Verne W. Critz elementary schools to read books including “The Undefeated” by Kwame Alexander, “Firebird” by Misty Copeland and “Out of a Jar” by Deborah Marcero.
Date Added: 10/12/2023