Ashland Reads is a club literacy project focusing on first-grade students in the five elementary schools in the Ashland School District. It is partially funded by a district grant in collaboration with Friends of the Library, TreeHouse Books, and the Ashland Interact Club.
Six colorful high quality hard-covered books were chosen and delivered to first-grade teachers in the fall to be read to all first grade students over the winter. Each first grader was asked to choose his or her favorite book. All of the first graders will come together in a celebration of literacy on May 24, 2017, at the Ashland High School Mountain Avenue Theater where they will receive their chosen book with a personalized bookplate. The books come in a book bag with other special gifts. An Interact member designed our graphics, and Interactors will act out a fairy tale told by John Jorgensen of Wyoming, who founded the program in 1999 in memory of his wife described in the tale as the “Good Queen Sue.”
Children’s musician Tish McFadden of RumTum Music has written a special song for the program, “Inside a Book.” She is honored to serve as co-MC this year.
Rotarians dress as story book characters, direct traffic, help distribute the book bags to the students, and along with other community volunteers, cheerleaders and Interactors serve as “celebrity readers” in small groups, Ashland Police and Ashland Fire and Rescue come together to barbecue hot dogs and serve lunch.
New this year! The second graders who came last year will each receive two soft cover books in their classrooms, and all first and second graders will be given royal blue Ashland Reads tee-shirts to wear.
Carol Fellows and Darrell Boldt are the co-chairs of this committee.