CLiF Grant Year of the Book Activities

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

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