CLiF Grant Year of the Book Activities

AES Hosts Author Eric Pinder for CLiF Library Event

     
On October 8th, author Eric PInder joined the students of Ashland Elementary School for a special Children’s Literacy Foundation Library Event!  This event is one of a series of literacy events taking place at the school as part of the CLiF Year of the Book grant received by the school.

Pinder is a popular author with the young students at AES.  Children listened to some of his children’s books including the favorite, How to Share with a Bear in preparation for his visit. 

During the event, Pinder shared with the students the steps involved in becoming a professional author. He shared with students a humorous slideshow depicting the process of seeing a book through from idea to published work.  Together he and the students examined the elements of a story, creating a group picture story. 

Pinder also shared videos of his experiences living atop Mount Washington at the weather observatory, noting that experiences such as this provide amazing book topics. 

Following Pinder’s presentation, Joanne Bickford, librarian at the school; and Sara Weinberg, librarian of the Ashland Town Library, presented the books purchased for their respective libraries through the generosity of the CLiF grant! 

CLiF’s Year of the Book sponsorship supplements school literacy curricula to create a pro-literacy culture within the school and greater community, inspires students to read and write for pleasure, increases access to reading materials in school and at home, and encourages community-wide engagement in literacy.

CLiF programming for Ashland Elementary School is sponsored by the Cricenti Family Trust, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Saul O. Sidore Memorial Foundation, an Anonymous Foundation, and an Anonymous donor. 

 Ashland Elementary School, winner of the NH Excellence in Education Award in both 2007 and 2015 serves Ashland students in grades K-8.  The mission of the school is to prepare To Prepare Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s World

 CLiF is a non-profit organization founded in 1998.  Its mission it to nurture a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural children in New Hampshire and Vermont.  Over 19 years CLiF has inspired nearly 200,000 young readers and writers through literacy program grants and has given away almost $5 million in new, high-quality children’s books.  For more information, visit clifonline.org.  

Ashland Elementary School Celebrates CLiF

First Friday Book Give Away with Integrated Art and Literacy Project

Ashland Elementary School Celebrates October Year of the Book CLiF Book Give Away with Special Project Integrating Art and Literacy.

Ashland, NH - On Friday October 6th Ashland Elementary School celebrated its monthly Children’s Literacy Foundation Year of the Book Book Give Away with a special project integrating both art and literacy.

Volunteers, from the school’s Middle Tier Student Council, visited the classrooms of younger students reading aloud to them the inspiring book Only One You by Linda Kranz.  The book promotes the message that everyone is unique and can truly make a difference in his or her own life and the lives of others.

Following the reading, students participated in the school’s monthly book give away, a component of the Year of the Book grant received by the school.  After selecting a new book to add to their home libraries, students painted a rock to represent themselves and their own unique impact on the school community. 

Student volunteers participated in all aspects of the event, from guiding students in selecting a book to helping them clean up following the painting of their unique rocks.  “Their help was invaluable, and their rapport with the younger students was amazing,” exclaimed Librarian Mrs. Joanne Bickford.  “They were inspirational leaders in promoting the goal of literacy for all.”

Ashland Elementary School’s monthly First Friday Book Give Aways are made possible through a 2017-2018 CLiF Year of the Book sponsorship.  This grant provides $25,000 in literacy programs, events, supports, and new books to selected schools throughout the school year.  Over the 2017-2018 school year, students at Ashland Elementary will be able to select 10 new books to keep.

 CLiF programming for Ashland Elementary School is sponsored by the Cricenti Family Trust, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Saul O. Sidore Memorial Foundation, an Anonymous Foundation, and an Anonymous donor. 

Ashland Elementary School, winner of the NH Excellence in Education Award in both 2007 and 2015 serves Ashland children in grades K-8.  The mission of the school is to prepare To Prepare Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s World

CLiF is a non-profit organization founded in 1998.  Its mission it to nurture a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural children in New Hampshire and Vermont.  Over 19 years CLiF has inspired nearly 200,000 young readers and writers through literacy program grants and has given away almost $5 million in new, high-quality children’s books.  For more information, visit clifonline.org. 

 

AES students McKenzi Melanson, Ava Tobin, Bella Danieli and Hayden Hancock enjoyed painting their rocks, while Kylan Ciarleglio, Eliza Foot and Noah Walsh enjoy reading a new book.

 Ashland Elementary School Kicks Off K-6 Year of the Book

Duncan McDougall, CLiF's Executive Director
shares a book with the students
AES Student, Nicole Anotine enjoys the book she received during the Year of the Book kick off celebration
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On August 30, Ashland Elementary School kicked off a year of celebrating reading, writing, and literacy.  Ashland Elementary School is one of five statewide winners of a Year of the Book grant valued at $25,000 from the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF).  The grant provides literacy presentations, including writing workshops, author visits, supports for school staff and families, new children’s books for the school and town libraries, and new books for Ashland children to choose and keep.

Duncan McDougall, CLiF’s Executive Director, was on hand to help Ashland Elementary School launch the grant with a kickoff celebration, which included a storytelling presentation and a book giveaway. 

“It was great,” exclaimed Kindergarten teacher Gail Spears, “the children were so excited!”  Attending parents were amazed and delighted with the extent of the grant and the enthusiasm exhibited by the kids.    

CLiF’s Year of the Book sponsorship supplements school literacy curricula to create a pro-literacy culture within the school and greater community, inspires students to read and write for pleasure, increases access to reading materials in school and at home, and encourages community-wide engagement in literacy.

CLiF programming for Ashland Elementary School is sponsored by the Cricenti Family Trust, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Saul O. Sidore Memorial Foundation, an Anonymous Foundation, and an Anonymous donor. 

Ashland Elementary School, winner of the NH Excellence in Education Award in both 2007 and 2015 serves Ashland children in grades K-8.  The mission of the school is to prepare To Prepare Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s World

CLiF is a non-profit organization founded in 1998.  Its mission it to nurture a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural children in New Hampshire and Vermont.  Over 19 years CLiF has inspired nearly 200,000 young readers and writers through literacy program grants and has given away almost $5 million in new, high-quality children’s books.  For more information, visit clifonline.org.