On November 1, 2016 MSAD 60 Grant Writer Tom Ledue was notified that the Club Connect Reading Oasis grant application submitted on behalf of the Lebanon Schools, The Martha Sawyer Community Library and the Lebanon Community Learning Center had been accepted by the United Way. As a result this reading support partnership will receive a Reading Oasis Package valued at $10,000 in February. This will be the first Club Connect Reading Oasis established in Maine.
Resources in the Club Connect Package include:
- 400 books leveled at k to 2nd grade
- 6 bean bags
- 2 book cases
- A Reading Area rug
- Online access for our students and families to a reading support program.
“ClubConnectKids.org is a safe online resource that engages children in a variety of reading activities and supports their achievement.” Parents who sign up for the program “receive emails containing coupons, incentive programs and suggestions on how to increase their involvement in their child’s reading progress.” Online Access is free for the first year and licenses are available after that for $15.00 per year to individual families.
All materials will be housed in the Hanson / Martha Sawyer Community Library.
The Lebanon Elementary Schools, the Martha Sawyer Community Library and the Lebanon Community Learning Center will support the Club Connect initiative in a triad partnership, forming a unique opportunity to support children and their parents with Club Connect resources during school as well as beyond the school day and calendar. This partnership is uniquely situated to serve the children of Lebanon and their parents. We will offer year round access to and support for Club Connect resources.
Club Connect will help us extend the breadth of our literacy initiative to include more parent engagement and more resources choices for both home and school based reading instruction and support, as well as providing dramatically more resource choices for children themselves. Club Connect will allow us to reach more children and parents, more deeply, more often as we link Club Connect resources to our early literacy work, from classroom instruction to summer early literacy programs. Club Connect will help the LCLC become a more effective Community Learning Center in supporting both the program’s literacy and parent engagement goals. The MSCL currently does not have an online reading support program to offer families. Early literacy support is central to its mission and Club Connect will add needed resources to support it.