Soroptomist International to distribute books
Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra has a dream that every child on the south shore of Lake Tahoe will receive at least one book to take home and read over the summer vacation. This year they have come close to fulfilling the dream, supplying more than 3,000 books to nine school for all students in kindergarten through sixth-grade.
The summer break causes children to lose large portions of skills acquired during the school year. Before new work can begin in September, teaching time is spent re-establishing lost skills. Encouraging children to read and supplying age-appropriate reading material can help decrease this loss.
Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra supplied books to one and then two grades at Bijou School for the past two summers. The program was well received, with children benefiting from having a book at home.
This year SITS increased the budget available for the project and successfully applied for a $1,000 grant from Soroptimist International funds. This has enabled the purchase of more than 3,600 books. Each has been stamped so that children know who donated the book and each one will be personalized by teachers.
“This has been a great project for our club, involving many members in stamping, collating and delivering these books,” said Hilary Harrison, education committee chair. “The most important part now is that children take these books home and read. We hope they will also persuade their parents to take them to the library and keep reading all summer long.”
Many Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra members volunteer regularly in schools and have first-hand experience with literacy issues. The goal for 2002 is to raise enough money to provide books for even more children on the South Shore.
More information about joining the club or about the project may be obtained by calling Harrison at (530) 541-0367.
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