The literacy project has been a success so far! In October I worked with the Family Career and Community Leaders of America chapter to give out books at the "Trunk or Treating" event. The students loved receiving the books; I could tell the parents were excited as well. We gave out over 800 donated books on Halloween to our small community (population 4,000). We also visited classrooms in October and did a kick-off with literacy activity. In November, volunteers and I, covered every elementary classroom (12) and read a book to the students and played a literacy activity.
In December, I wanted to get the students reading on their own, so we decided to do one-on-one reading with the elementary students. It was a great opportunity to show them that reading is important and you are never "to cool" to read. AFter that we wrote letters to Santa. Also in December, at the high school, I encouraged students to submit their Accelerated Reading TOPS report into a giant Christmas Box. After two weeks, there were 150 reports and I drew out the lucky winner of a $50 gift card. I thought it was neat to see how the high school was excited to take their tests and read more books.
For January, I pursuaded the media specialists at my high school to donate an ink-jet printer to Region V center for mentally/physically handicapped patients. Next week I, and a couple other volunteers, will be visiting Region V to present them with the gift and a new keyboarding game for their computers. It is our goal that with the keyboarding game they will improve their reading, writing, and typing skills.
Next week I also will be attending a planning meeting for the "Read Across America" program at the elementary school. I have some great ideas for this project and I hope the teachers will enjoy collaborating with the high school students to promote literacy!