CANAAN — Superintendent Amanda Isabelle and Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Angel Burke proudly share that the Mascoma Valley Regional School District will receive grants to support elementary school literacy efforts in the coming school year.
Enfield Village School and Canaan Elementary School each will receive a $25,000 Year of the Book grant from the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF), which supports literacy education for low-income, at-risk, and rural children in grades PreK-6 in New Hampshire and Vermont.
Grants are used to develop programs to create a culture of literacy and encourage reading and writing. Grants also support visits by authors and storytellers, and will supply new books to each school library and to the Enfield Public Library and Canaan Town Library.
CLiF staff will provide support in arranging logistics and integrating low-cost literacy programs, connecting school administrators with past and present school coordinators, and providing additional CLiF resources.
Each student in both schools will choose 10 new books to keep.
The District received a CLiF grant for the current school year.
“The 2021-22 CLiF grant at Indian River School was used to engage students in conversations with authors, provide choices of texts for them, and focus the year on the importance of literacy,” Director Burke said. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to make these connections at Canaan Elementary School and Enfield Village School during the 2022-23 school year.”
“Thank you to the Children’s Literacy Foundation for their generous support of our schools,” Superintendent Isabelle said. “We’ve seen firsthand how access to books increases vocabulary and language development, but also how a book can develop a love of learning that can last a lifetime.”
Superintendent Isabelle and Director Burke wish to thank Library Media Specialists
Jessica Weren and Crystal Darling, who have been instrumental in securing grants and beginning planning for how to engage students in additional literacy activities.
About the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF)
CLiF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among low income, at-risk, and rural children up to age 12 throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Since 1998, CLiF has supported and inspired 350,000 young readers and writers through its literacy program grants and has given away $9 million in new, high quality children’s books. For more information about CLiF, visit www.clifonline.org.