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Carthage PAT and Carthage Literacy Council Team Up to Provide Free Books
Carthage Parents As Teachers and the Carthage Literacy Council have formed a successful partnership to get young children reading! ONE BOOK 4 CARTHAGE initially provided free books for all four-year-olds in the Carthage area and was an instant hit. The program has now been expanded to include children ages birth to three years. The Council provides the books to PAT where each book is personalized before being distributed to area children.
In the past, the Council has given free books to all babies born at Mercy Hospital Carthage. Although the Spradling Birthing Center closed in January 2015, PAT is continuing the tradition, distributing Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, “Read to Me” baby bibs and literature explaining why it is so important for parents to read to young children, even newborns.
On February 26, PAT and the Carthage Literacy Council hosted a reading event at the new SMB Learning Center for Parents As Teachers. A total of sixty children, along with their parents, participated in this event which was offered at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm that day.
Children completed crafts and then moved through four reading stations conducted by Council volunteers Mary and Roger Kirby, Larry and Ruth Ann Hartman, Melinda Estes, Judy Pace and Jeanne Goolsby. At the BROWN BEAR station, children made a color animal chart while listening to the story. Children who participated in the reading event ranged from age six months to five years old, and all were allowed to choose a book to take home with them.
PAT serves over 1500 preschoolers and each child is eligible for one free book each year. To make sure an ample supply of books is maintained, PAT is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from April 7 – 9. Leesa Loggains, Fairview Elementary School Media Specialist, is assisting with this project.
Another reading event will be held in conjunction with the book fair on Tuesday, April 7, and the fair will remain open to the public from 9 am through 6 pm. The book fair will continue Wednesday-Thursday, April 8-9, from 9 am to 3 pm. All books for sale at the fair will be for preschool-age children with several board books and bilingual books available at reasonable prices.
ALL proceeds from the book fair will go to the Literacy Council to purchase more books for the reading program. Sponsorships are also offered. Any person, organization or business may purchase a bookplate inscribed with their name, the name of a child or loved one, to be placed in the free books distributed through PAT.
“PAT is thrilled to have this mutually beneficial alliance with the Carthage Literacy Council,” said Parents As Teachers Coordinator Jane Goade. For more information, please contact Parents As Teachers at 417-359-7012 or email email@example.com
Classroom, brick pavers dedicated to Early Childhood Special Education Staff
One Carthage R-9 School District employee has chosen to recognize the entire ECSE Department by purchasing naming rights to the speech classroom and several brick pavers at the new early childhood center in their honor. The donor, who has asked to remain anonymous, wanted to pay tribute to the staff, paraprofessionals, secretary and directors who have served through multiple moves and in make-shift classrooms over the years to provide a positive educational start for the youngest children in Carthage.
“These dedicated staff members have worked extremely hard the past two years awaiting the opening of the new facility and I want to acknowledge their ongoing dedication to this program,” said the donor.
The speech room plaque will honor four classroom teachers and two speech pathologists with the following inscription: ECSE 2014-15 Faculty: Samantha Cline, Amy Dresslaer, Cara Goetzinger, Francine Gory, Melissa Stremke and Tara Thomas.
Six small bricks will be dedicated to classroom paraprofessionals Arlene Burken, Amanda Erwin, Jana Hartman, April Lybarger and Susan Manka, along with secretary and interpreter Karina Wright. One large brick will honor Kim Ensminger, ECSE Director.
“This building will serve as a model early childhood program in our area for years to come and is something the Carthage community should be very proud of,” stated the donor.
To date, $813,625 has been raised through a Steadley Trust grant and naming rights commitments for the new Ruth I. Kolpin Rubison Early Childhood Center, W. B. Wright Early Childhood Special Services Center, SMB Learning Center for Parents As Teachers. Naming rights contracts for areas in other district schools have generated an additional $66,000 for the district.
All district naming rights contributions are channeled through the Carthage R-9 School Foundation, a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and are fully tax deductible for qualifying donors.
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