By Joseph Pratt
To further pursue the Greenup County School District’s new mission, which they are calling the “gold standard in education and the foundation of our community,” the district is pushing an initiative to increase student literacy in the earlier grades of elementary education.
To make this happen, the school district is asking for community donations to purchase new books for various classrooms throughout the elementary schools.
“We have great news about an exciting initiative to promote literacy in the homes of our children by providing them with books to nourish their imaginations and spark their interest in reading,” Superintendent Sherry Horsley said, when pitching the new program. “With the help of Greenup County First Book, a local nonprofit organization, we plan to elevate the quality of education of primary students in our district by providing brand new books for each child. You can support this literacy initiative by donating funds to purchase books to go home with children.”
Horsley explained that a single donation of $50 will fund the purchase of books for students in an entire classroom.
“Our goal is to provide books for each child in preschool through second grade for the Oct. 19 ‘Read Across the Globe’ literacy event,” Horsely said. “On this day, volunteers will read to classrooms and place a book in the hand of each child.”
Horsely explained that this initiative is well-suited for the district’s new standards, because it not only expands a student’s horizons through education, but it also brings volunteers into the classrooms to work with some of the young Musketeers.
“We hope you will join us in ensuring the children we serve have the books they need to be successful in school and beyond by donating today,” Horsley said. “With your support of $50 to provide books to a classroom, we will place labels inside the books indicating your sponsorship and afford you the opportunity to read to that class on Oct. 19.
“Research shows that students on track for reading by third grade will be more successful in school and their educational career. We want to thank you in advance for supporting the children of Greenup County in reaching ‘the gold standard in education.’”
Donations in any amount can be made by sending your check to Greenup County Schools-First Book Account, 45 Musketeer Drive, Greenup, KY 41144, or by stopping by the Board of Education, Monday through Friday from 7:30-4:30 p.m. Donations need to be in by Sept. 30.
Reach Joseph Pratt at 740-353-3101, ext. 1932, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.