Service group sponsors reading program |

Service group sponsors reading program

Dan Thrift\Tahoe Daily TribuneCheyenne Soto, left, who designed the winning bookmark in the Children's Literacy Project contest, is congratulated by Evelyn Yonker and Maureen Senn of Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra and Karen Gillis Tinlin and Darlynne Sharpe of Al Tahoe Elementary School.

The Elementary Arts Program brings fine art education and art production activities to the elementary classrooms. The program had its first successful year at Al Tahoe Elementary School. Next year, it will be at Al Tahoe and Bijou elementary schools, eventually encompassing all elementary schools in the district.

Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra sponsors the Childrens Literacy Project. In its fourth year, the service club’s goal is to provide every child in kindergarten through sixth-grade in the South Lake Tahoe Basin with his or her own book to take home to promote reading through the summer. The schools include Kingsbury, Zephyr Cove and St. Theresa. A total of 3,600 books were distributed this year. Funding was from the service club’s annual Elegant Evening fund-raiser which took place in May and from grants from Kiwanis Sunrisers and Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe. The books were obtained at a discount from the Scholastic Literacy Partners Program.

In continuing support of art education in the schools, SITS teamed up with the Elementary Arts Program for an art contest. All the children at Al Tahoe Elementary competed to design a bookmark to be given to each child in the district, along with the book for the Childrens Literacy Project.

The winner of the “design a bookmark” for the Childrens Literacy Project is Cheyenne Soto. The 8-year-old girl moved to South Lake Tahoe one year ago from New Mexico.

“Winning the contest made me very happy. My family was proud and they hoped I would win,” Soto said.

Peggy Lease, Soto’s third-grade teacher at Al Tahoe Elementary, said of her student, “Cheyenne has a wonderful work ethic. When she starts a project she has a propensity to finish it.”

“Cheyenne is kind and a good friend to others. Also, she is a good mathematician,” said classmate Brianda Mendoza-Nunez.

“Cheyenne is a nice friend and a good artist,” said classmate Angelica Ponce.

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