Ashland Reads is a fantastic club literacy project celebrating and promoting literacy amongst 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders in the Ashland school district. Our club collaborates with the Lithia Springs Rotary Club and the project is partially funded by a district grant. We also collaborate with the local community including Jackson County Library, Tree House Books and Interact and Rotoract to make this event possible.
5-6 wonderful hardcover books are chosen in the winter, distributed to all first grade teachers who read these books to their class and then each first grader picks their favorite. Their book selection is personalized with their name and distributed to the students in May. Also in May, first graders come together at the high school for an event celebrating literacy. We have songs, a local author does a read aloud of a special book and the fire department BBQ’s lunch for everyone. This event has become a beloved tradition in the Ashland school district.
The 2nd and 3rd graders also get to choose 2-3 soft cover books for summer reading, provided by our Rotary Clubs.