Alton Middle School students in Kathy Graham’s sixth-grade English language arts class enjoy hands-on access to new high-quality literature sets, thanks to the efforts of the Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club. Books were presented to the class by Rotary member Ron Mayhew.
ALTON — The Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club continues to support students in the Alton School District by providing high-quality literacy resources.
Spearheaded by retired educator and Rotary member Ron Mayhew, the Literacy Grant opportunity is designed to best serve students and teachers. In the past, Rotary funds were used to provide dictionaries to fourth-graders. As dictionaries are readily available through technology, Rotary funds now are providing literature sets for classrooms.
In December, teachers were able to apply for new sets of books based on innovative planning and the increasing complexity demanded in the Illinois Learning Standards. As a result of the Rotary’s grant and matching district Title I funds, 27 requests were granted for teachers in kindergarten through eighth grade. The sets of books were purchased and are available to teachers across the district. Each set is stored at the district’s central office with lists of available titles posted on the website for teachers to browse. The program’s management and organization is organized and managed by library media specialist Tina Bertoletti.
By providing updated and engaging materials, the Rotary Club encourages student engagement in high-quality text and provides teachers the opportunity to plan innovative lessons. Students and staff are especially grateful for the Rotary’s ongoing support of literacy.
Alton School District Rotary grant recipients are as follows:
- “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder; Darren Lamere, grade 7
- “One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia; Jen Herring, grade 5
- “P.S. Be Eleven” by Rita Williams-Garcia; Jen Herring, grade 5
- “Al Capone Shines My Shoes” by Jennifer Choldenko; Kim Lawrence, grade 5
- “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” by James Patterson; Kim Lawrence, grade 5
- “Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America” by Sharon Robinson; David Schwartz, grade 5
- “Things Not Seen” by Andrew Clements; Laura Huette, grade 5
- “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson; Donna Taul, grade 3
- “The Best School Year Ever” by Barbara Robinson; Jamie Jones, grade 3
- “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White; Deb Hoefert, grade 3
- “Witches” by Roald Dahl; Melissa King, grade 4
- “What is the World Made Of?” by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld; Gina Frye, grade 2
- “National Geographic Little Kids First Book of Space” by Catherine Hughes; Linda Scheiter, grade 2
- “Saving Shiloh” by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor; Kathy Claywell, grade 5
- “Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell; Kathy Graham, grade 6
- “The Story of My Life” by Helen Keller; Vicki Reeves, grade 6
- “The Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’dell; Teresa Callies, grade 6
- “The Secret Garden” by Francis Hodges Burnett; Brenda Powers, grade 6
- “Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie; Carrie Henderson, grade 6
- “The Bad Beginning” by Lemony Snickett; Breanne Bonnell, grade 6
- “Smart Words Beginning Reader Pack No 1: Animals” by Cynthia O’Brien; Shannon Stanton, grade 2
- “Smart Words Beginning Reader Pack No. 3: Dinosaurs” by Kathy Furgang; Janice Burgess, grade 2
- “Travels with Gannon and Wyatt Botswana” by Patti Wheeler; Maryellen Brake, grade 4
- “I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906” by Lauren Tarshis; LeAnn West, grade 3
- “Al Capone Does My Shirts” by Gennifer Choldenko; Carla Maly, grade 5