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Kiwanis Club presents books to second graders

November 12, 2014

A literacy partnership between Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School and members of the Kiwanis Club of Monticello put a copy of a free book into the hands of every second grade student at the school.

Kiwanis members Ellen Nesin, Jane Sorensen, Doris Motl and Sheila Lashinsky visited the school earlier in the month to distribute the books and meet the students during a a reading assembly. Sorensen, who is also the EPIC Program Coordinator, organized the event. Motl, a retired Rutherford school teacher, was in charge of choosing the books, which fell under a theme of self esteem, friendship and anti-bullying.

Second grade students at Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School recently gathered in the auditorium and were greeted by several members of the Kiwanis Club of Monticello. The students were delighted to learn that they were each going to be presented with their very own story book to first share with their classmates and then take home to read and share with their friends and family.

Jane Sorensen, Kiwanis Club President, read “Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon” by Patty Lovell to all of the students. This story is about a little girl who faces and overcomes buillying after moving to a new town and attending a new school. Following the reading, students discussed ways that personal differences make each person unique and special.

Sorensen said the children were thrilled with the books and are looking forward to another visit from the Kiwanis Club in late spring. By that time, the students will be able to read books with chapters and that is why they will receive chapter books at that time for their summer reading enjoyment.

Pictured:
Back row – Monticello Kiwanis Members Ellen Nesin, Jane Sorensen, Doris Motl and Sheila Lashinsky.
Front row – Magdalena Villaneuva, Zai’nasha Williams, Adelyse Brewer, Krystiana Brownhill and Christopher Cutway, Jr.