Approximately 20 students have received monthly books during the program’s pilot year. Braun hopes to increase sponsor participation in upcoming school years so that even more students can add to, or oftentimes begin, their home library.

Golden Eagle Charter School adopted the Scholastic Book Program for the 2019-20 school year. For $9 a year, staff members have volunteered to sponsor students and provide a brand new book each month. In collaboration with language arts teachers, books are selected from Scholastic’s $1 book list and are based on each student’s reading level. Recipients are thrilled every month when their sponsor hand delivers their new book.

The program at GECS, initiated and coordinated by Reading Specialist Grace Braun is in its first year and is quickly making a positive impact on improving students’ reading and love for books.

“It is wonderful to see the children experience the joy of receiving a new book of their own every month,” said Braun. Participants range in grade from pre-kindergarten to eighth and are homeschooled or attend classes at GECS Mount Shasta and Yreka learning centers.

Megan Tracey, Education Specialist/SPED Program Manager at GECS, sponsors a pre-kindergarten student.

“I firmly believe that anything we can do to help children, even before they are school age, have access to books is one of the most valuable things we can do in education,” said Tracey. “Young kids need to look at the pictures, and learn how to flip pages – they need to predict what the story might be about before they can even sound out the words. These pre-reading skills are a vital step in setting up our children up for long term academic success.”

Approximately 20 students have received monthly books during the program’s pilot year. Braun hopes to increase sponsor participation in upcoming school years so that even more students can add to, or oftentimes begin, their home library.