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Fulton schools to launch Read to Them program

One District, One Book, one mission: Read to Them.
That is the Fulton City School District’s new literacy focus for elementary school families. The district is part of a collaborative grant effort, with other area districts, which will bring the Read to Them program to students living in various Oswego County neighborhoods. For Fulton schools, a committee comprised of parents, librarians, elementary and reading teachers, instructional coaches and parent-teacher group representatives, decided “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate would be the most appealing book for its students in grades kindergarten through six.
Read to Them will help children and adults to become better readers by reading aloud, become lifelong learners, promote healthy family habits and build more community relationships. Fulton schools will help that cause by serving as a conduit for families reading at home. The national movement comes with activity ideas around the book but Carri Waloven, Fulton City School District Director of Literacy and UPK, said each building can customize the excitement around the book to the spirit and vibe of the school. Committee members will also continue to work on district-wide celebrations surrounding the new program and its official launch.
The program is made possible, thanks to the efforts of the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County, which secured the collaborative grant from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation. Mary Curico, a member of the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County, said the grant will supply each child at Lanigan, Volney, Granby and Fairgrieve schools with a copy of the book to keep. Committee members chose the selection because they thought the book, inspired by a true story of a captive gorilla, could be relatable to a broad spectrum of children.
Waloven said parents will play a vital role in Read to Them when they carve out a small portion of their daily routine to designate as Read to Them time. If parents are not able to commit to that, another family member or positive role model may support a child in the program by reading to them. The benefit of family participation, Curcio said, is that literacy is a lifter out of poverty and could potentially help families grow and prosper beyond the Read to Them bonding time





Brian Pulvino, Superintendent
129 Curtis Street
Fulton, New York 13069
Phone: (315) 593-5500

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