Wabash Kiwanis Club annual reading program encourages youth literacy

Wabash Kiwanis Club President Jay Vandeburg (left) presented Wabash Middle School fifth grade with 120 novels as part of the club’s 21st annual reading program. Students (second from left, to right) Kaitlynn Lindsay, Kaden Vogel, Xavier Hughes, Hayden Berry and Principal Mike Mattern accepted on behalf of the school. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

The Wabash Kiwanis Club continued its annual reading program Tuesday morning, April 11, by donating more than 250 novels to four Wabash County schools.

The program, which is in its 21st year, provided 272 paperback books to the St. Bernard’s Elementary, Wabash Middle School, Southwood Elementary and Sharp Creek Elementary fifth grade students.

The club purchased four different novels that the schools’ fifth grade teachers hand selected for their students to read as part of their in-class reading studies. The novels included “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor, “Who was Thomas Jefferson” by Dennis Brinkell Fradlin and Nancy Harrison, “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate, and “Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio” by Peg Kehret.

Kiwanis members distributed the novels mid-April with the final delivery taking place at Wabash Middle School on Tuesday.

After completing the in-class reading, the students will keep the books for their home collection.

“We hope this will give each student the opportunity to read an excellent story, learn while reading it and then be able to read it again if they wish,” Kiwanian Howard Halderman said. “They may even choose to read it to a younger brother or sister.

“This program is part of the Wabash Kiwanis Club’s desire to improve children’s reading skills and promote the importance of literacy among the young people of Wabash.”

Posted on 2017 Apr 18