Vicki Myers, center, presents a $500 check to Ashley White, Reading Specialist of the West Branch Elementary School, for the Summer R.E.A.D. program while surrounded by some of her students. First Row from left to right are Kenzie McDowell, Emma Bumgarner, Madison Kyler, Zaid Carr, Colton Fetters, and Peityn Witherite. Second Row: Allie Bumgarner, Chase Bumgarner, Cale McDowell, Jacob Tiracorda, Isaiah Witherite, and Kurtis Fetters. Third Row: Ethan Fetters, Sage Carr, Isaac Tiracorda, Myers, White, Randy Fetters, Logan Kyler, Drake Witherite. (Photo provided by Ashley White)
MORRISDALE – West Branch Elementary students have an incentive to keep reading in the summer thanks in part to a grant from the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation.
supports the Summer R.E.A.D (Read and Explore Adventures Daily) Challenge that
awards points to students for visits to the library and for how much they read.
program began last summer and followed the previous reading program.
Participation increased last year from 12% to 30%.
prizes is “book fair bucks” which the children can use to purchase books at the
school’s scholastic book fair.
“I gave them choices and they chose
what they wanted,” said coordinator and reading specialist Ashley White.
inspired by one of the students in the 2016 program who was incredibly happy to
receive money to spend on books, saying “I can go buy what I want!”
I see some of our readers, whether it be strugglers or above benchmark
students, not having the opportunity to purchase new books or books of their
choice because their family simply doesn’t have money to spend on extras such
as books or other reading resources.”
about how to get the books they wanted “in their hands” and that was when she
came up with the Summer READ program.
During her first years at the
school, White said only 3% to 5% of the students were involved in the summer
reading program. The idea of awarding funds to purchase books as incentives for
the kids turned everything around.
In 2017, 151 students were
involved. They earned over $1,600 in scholastic book bucks for reading 408,320
Part of the program is an assembly
in September that acknowledges the students and presents awards. 19 of the
students beat the Teacher Summer Reading Group’s 3,908 points.
amazed that in this rural area, they were somehow able to make it to the
library on a regular basis asking family members and others for rides.
‘guardians’ didn’t just come in and sit down,” she explained. “They read with
the students, helped the students look for books and asked questions while they
interaction showed the students that someone cared about them and wanted them
is so important and children, adults and elderly people need it to be
successful in life,” White said.
the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation awarded over $18,000 to 27 different
local non-profit groups and agencies.
CCCF itself is a local charitable endowment that funds charities within Clearfield County allowing them to grow and benefit the local community
forever. It provides a simple way to fulfill multiple charitable interests
while keeping administrative expenses to a minimum. All funds go to the local
Currently the Foundation has 44 different funds including
many local charitable groups and 12 scholarship funds. As of December 2017, the
Foundation’s assets have a market value close to $4 million.
Contributions to any of the foundation’s endowment funds may
be made at the website www.clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org through Paypal or can be mailed to: P.O. Box 1442, Clearfield PA 16830.
in starting a fund can call 592-7331.