Welcome to Participating Schools
Our guiding policies are:
The program is modeled on successful public library summer reading programs. It is designed to run during a school calendar year, beginning shortly after labor day and closing during the first week of May. In order to sustain interest in the program and vary activities, the program is divided into four themes, with each cycle lasting approximately the length of a grading period. Librarian advisors suggested the following four broad themes: (1) Animals and Rodeo, (2) Native Americans, (3) Sports, and (4) Thrills and Chills (Science, Science Fiction and Horror).Activities associated with each thematic cycle:
You may want to celebrate each theme with a special event day. At the minimum, you'll want to organize two events: a Kick-Off and a Closing Event.
Kick-Off! Start of Theme 1: Animals and Rodeo
Items and Activities for Students: Begin your Literacy Project with a Kick-Off day. Students may receive a membership card and a reading log on which to record time spent reading (or being read to) and/or titles read. Students may also receive a small incentive such as plastic book bags, stickers, posters and book marks. During the Kick-Off day members of the Project Team may be able to travel to the site to visit classrooms, explain the project, read with students and provide book talks.
Items and Activities for Adult Caregivers and Teachers: Adults will recieve a letter describing the program. They may recieve a reading log or contract for reading.
Themes 2, 3 and 4
These themes will follow a similar cycle of providing new logs, an incentive and a special event.
Closing incentives will be distributed, to include certificates for students who submitted reading logs, certificates for older siblings who have read to younger ones and certificates for supportive teachers and parents. Budget
The If I Can Read project team will strive to support your project through advice and maintaining the website. We will help to funnel donations of books to your site. We ask that you cover the cost of mailing donations to your school. You will want to seek additional financial support for the incentives and necessary supplies.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs may be able to match some of your funding. Contact William Mehojah, Director, BIA, Office of Indian Education Programs and request funding from the Director's Contingency Fund.Estimating Your Budget*
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