Beech Street Elementary School is one of four schools in the state to be awarded a $25,000 grant to promote literacy. The Year of the Book grant is provided by the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF), which delivers the resources to inspire a love of reading and writing among children throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.
The founder of CLiF, Duncan McDougall, presented the Year of the Book award to Beech Street School today and announced some of the special programs that are planned. Each of Beech Street's nearly 600 students received one free book today and will get another to take home every month through June 2015.
In addition to giving new books to students, the one-year partnership between CLiF and Beech Street will include author/illustrator visits, multi-day writing workshops, and storytelling presentations. Grant money also will provide custom-designed and professionally printed literacy posters, a color printer, and expenses related to a student author day reception later this school year.
Today's event also kicked off Beech Street's school-wide Million Word Challenge. Students will log their reading over the course of the school year and count the books and pages until they reach or even surpass one million words.
More photos of today's Year of the Book kick-off are available on our Facebook page.