After the success of summer literacy efforts in Lenawee County through the Lit Lab POP-ups, the Lenawee Cradle to Career Partnership (C2C) Reading by Third Grade Network is focusing its efforts on classroom libraries this school year. C2C kicked off its project with a closet-to-classroom book sort event on Saturday, September 23rd.
The goal of classroom library project, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan, is to enhance literacy opportunities for every child in Lenawee by increasing the amount of books inside the classroom and throughout the community. C2C is encouraging people to reduce closet clutter by recycling gently used books to Goodwill, which in turn are sorted and distributed to classroom libraries, as well as other literacy-based programs and events.
Approximately 30 people came together on Saturday to help sort nearly 5,000 pounds of donated books, including elementary-level educators, students, and other school staff and volunteers. Each educator who participated also took home about 25 books for their own classroom library. Vicki Coscarelli, 3rd grade teacher from Clinton Elementary School, stressed the importance of classroom libraries for local students. “Books are expensive, and libraries aren’t open 24 hours a day,” said Coscarelli. “If we can create classroom libraries that are rich with a variety of books, then kids will read.”
“The partnership that we have with Goodwill through Cradle to Career is a visible example of striving together for collective impact,” said Mellissa Wilson, LISD Curriculum Consultant and Chair of the C2C Reading by Third Grade Network. “It is our mission to ensure every child in every classroom has access to a wide variety of print materials that interest them and reflect their background and life experiences.”
“We are very proud to work in conjunction with the LISD through the Cradle to Career Partnership to supply books for this initiative,” said John Haught, Vice President of Workforce Development for Goodwill of Southeastern Michigan. “We are working together to see how this can be sustained for many years to come.”
The Lenawee Cradle to Career Partnership is a public-private network of members from the academic, business, nonprofit, and public service sectors that prioritizes data-driven decision making and collaboration to improve the quality of education for local children. The five goals of the partnership include Kindergarten Readiness, Reading by Third Grade, High School Graduation, Post-Secondary Enrollment, and Customized Learning. More information regarding the Partnership can be found at http://www.lisd.us/lenawee-cradle-to-career-2/.
For more information regarding the summer literacy efforts, please contact Mellissa Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.