The Grand Opening of the first United Way of York County Children’s Literacy Initiative: Read York County! was held yesterday at Hanson Elementary school. Students entered a new “cozy corner” in the library to listen to guest book readings by school and community representatives. Clifford the Big Red Dog made a guest appearance and handed out “I Love to Read” bracelets.
Read York County! is a mini-library concept that includes books, bookcases, bean bag chairs, rugs, and literacy-enhancing activities. The project is a collaboration between the Lebanon Elementary schools, The Martha Steward Community Library, and the Lebanon Community Learning Center. All of the resources provided by Read York County! are available to the Lebanon community during non-school hours through the Martha Sawyer Community Library, extending the impact of these resources to beyond the school schedule.
Principal Patti Gilley was excited to unveil Read York County! to the students and community. “Our school is currently in the fourth year of a district wide literacy initiative. We know that proficiency in reading a the beginning of children’s school careers is an absolute, non-negotiable necessity for every student,” said Gilley. “Having more tools to help our kids is priceless given the impact that reading proficiency has on children’s lives.”
-Excerpts from “Read York County! Grand Opening at Hanson Elementary School” press release