How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, The Night Before Christmas…are all favorite books in my house this time of year. At bedtime, we have a ritual of reading a few stories as a family and my children (and I) love this special time together.
But I wonder, how many children have never had these special moments with their family? Or how many children have never heard some of my children’s favorite holiday stories?
“According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a division of the U.S. Department of Education, children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not.” Facts About Children’s Literacy
The NCES also found that “The more types of reading materials there are in the home, the higher students are in reading proficiency, according to the Educational Testing Service.”
How can you help?
Kent ISD will be holding a Book Fair at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at the Woodland Mall on 28th Street on Saturday, November 29th. Funds raised during the book fair will go to support the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee. As we learned in a previous post, students who participate in spelling bees improve their spelling skills and expand their vocabularies. (Students Improve Spelling Skills, posted on September 17, 2014)
A BOOK DRIVE will be held the same day to promote early literacy. Purchase a children’s book from the posted “wish list”, or a favorite of yours, and drop it in the box at the store. Books will be donated to Kent ISD’s Bright Beginnings Program, a home visiting program for Kent County families with children age birth through kindergarten entry. Bright Beginnings staff will be hosting a fun story time and activity for young children the day of the sale. Check out Bright Beginnings in the children’s section at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 29th .
Don’t feel like venturing into the mall? Individuals can still help raise funds to support the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee by shopping Barnes and Noble online from November 29- December 3. In all cases make sure to enter the voucher code 11440138 when shopping online or in the store so a part of your purchase will go to support the Spelling Bee.
Bright Beginnings is a partnership between Kent ISD and its constituent districts. The program provides services to families with children birth to Kindergarten entry in Kent County. They provide personal home visits, playgroup/parent meetings, developmental screenings, resource networks, and nutritional information resources.
Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee is the first step in the path to the Scripps National Spelling Bee that is televised on ESPN. Students in grades 4-8 , from schools in Allegan, Barry, Kent, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa counties, compete in school, then regional spelling bees culminating in The Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee on March 20th. The winner of The Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee goes on to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.