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Bonlee summer reading program in full swing

Posted Saturday, July 31, 2010

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Bonlee, NC - The Bonlee School staff is encouraging students to continue reading during the summer break by opening the school library media center and taking books to students at their homes.

The media center is open on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m.-noon and Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Students checking out books have also received some additional treats like free bookmarks and ice cream coupons. Principal Daniel Haithcox, school treasurer Angie Hege and data manager Karen Wilkins are manning the circulation desk and assisting students in the book selection process since the majority of the staff works on a ten-month schedule.

Teacher Nina Jones has a set of "chapter" books funded by the Bonlee PTA for use with her students. The books proved so popular that she set these books up in the school conference room for students to check out over the summer.

Haithcox delivers either library books from the media center or some of the chapter books from Jones' class set to approximately six students who are unable to come to the school. Teachers helped identify these students and also helped each of them generate a request list of books that are appropriate to their individual reading levels. Haithcox noted how the home visits give him an opportunity to chat informally with the students, other siblings, and parents and touch base with them over the summer. Many times the students come to the door with books to exchange in hand when they see Haithcox’s truck pull into the driveway.

Other teachers are also actively involved in volunteering this summer. Mary Burke has been volunteering as a reading tutor for some of her students two to three times a week. Cindy Gurley has been volunteering to assist rising ninth grade students with their summer reading assignments; she has set up designated days for study sessions at the school.

"Our numbers have picked up, and we hope to both continue and expand our program next summer. Even if we only had one student take advantage of these opportunities, it would be well worth it. It certainly is refreshing having students still in the building over the summer, and it is just as refreshing that both they and their parents are as dedicated to improving their reading skills as we are,” commented Haithcox.

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