Education foundation gives grant for reading materials to elementary schools |

Education foundation gives grant for reading materials to elementary schools

Staff reports

Through a generous grant received from the Douglas County Education Foundation, two Carson Valley elementary schools were able to purchase Guided Reading Books.

Joan Gardner, reading specialist for Minden and Pinon Hills elementaries explained that a balanced literacy program at every grade level is a goal at both schools.

Guided Reading Books are the perfect way to reach this goal, she said. They can be used for teaching and modeling language conventions. These books also support the district’s curriculum and assessment goals.

Guided Reading builds background knowledge before reading, which is great for ESL students, and builds strategies and teaches skills. Learners have a chance to reflect and respond, which enhances their comprehension. Fluency is also developed through choral, independent or partner reading.

According to Gardner, the best part of Guided Reading is that every student can read books at his or her reading level and feel success.

“These wonderful books are housed in our schools’ libraries. Be sure to see them the next time you visit either PHES or MES,” said Gardner.

“We are all very appreciate of the education foundation’s generosity. If you know a board member, be sure to say thanks.”

For more information, contact Joan Gardner, reading specialist,

Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Pinon Hills Elementary School, 267-3622, and Tuesday and Thursday at Minden Elementary School, 782-5510.