Rotary Awards Literacy Grants to Seven Kearsarge Educators

Kearsarge Regional School District
Superintendent Winfried Feneberg
114 Cougar Court
New London, NH 03257

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Rotary Awards Literacy Grants to Seven Kearsarge Educators 

NEW LONDON – Superintendent Winfried Feneberg is pleased to announce that seven Kearsarge Regional School District teachers have been awarded literacy grants this winter by the New London Rotary. 

The New London Rotary grants literacy awards annually, with the goal to promote literacy at local schools and libraries, and to facilitate programs and projects that introduce students to the benefits of reading.

This year, the rotary awarded a total of $1,437 to local educators and librarians.

“Our aim is to encourage a wide range of thinking and creative ways in which teachers and librarians can motivate literacy experiences,” said Michael Morris, Literacy Chairman of the New London Rotary Club.

The rotary awarded $150 grants to New London Elementary School teacher Catherine Hyson, Kearsarge Regional High School Culinary Arts teacher April Hall, Kearsarge Regional Middle School teacher Nicole Dow, Kearsarge Regional Middle School teacher Alexandra Stewart, Sutton Elementary School teacher Heather Ciance, Kearsarge Regional Middle School teacher Tara Evans and Sutton Elementary School teacher Kay Demers.

Hall plans to purchase ingredients with the grant money for her Culinary Arts II students to participate in the Warner Edible Books Contest at the Pillsbury Free Library on May 19. Students that partake in the contest will represent their favorite book with a food display.

I chose to incorporate this project into my curriculum because one of my goals is to integrate other disciplines with my courses,” Hall said. “This project allows me to combine Culinary Arts and English through a fun and creative medium.”

Several educators, including Stewart, intend to purchase new books for students with the grant money.

“We’re really excited about this grant because it helps our students gain access to a diverse selection of choice books,” said Stewart, a middle school teacher. “Students who have choice in reading are more likely to find that book that turns them into lifelong readers.”