Second-graders read for prizes
The second annual "Canby Reads" kicked off this month, but what is it?
It is a community-wide program, led through a partnership with the school district and community partners, which is focused this year on second grade students. The students will log their reading progress throughout the month, and community partners will provide them with rewards for every five books they read.
After completing their first five books, the prize is a voucher for a free donut at Cutsforth's Thriftway.
"The check-out staff really love it when the kids come in with their coupons," said the school district's communication coordinator Heather Sparks.
Ten books in, and the kids get a field trip to the public library for a free book, which is provided through a $2,400 donation from DirectLink.
"What makes 'Canby Reads' special is the partnership with the Canby community," said Superintendent Trip Goodall. "Local businesses and nonprofits step forward to contribute in a number of ways. I can't thank the community enough for their support."
On April 2, Goodall paid a special visit to each second grade class in the school district. He read "The Invisible Boy" by Trudy Ludwig, a children's book about Brian, who nobody ever seems to notice until a new boy, Justin, comes to class and the two form a dynamic partnership in which Brian has a chance to shine.
"What an amazing group of students." -Superintendent Trip Goodall
"What an amazing group of students," Goodall said. "Inquisitive, attentive, humorous and very respectful. I learned a lot. I learned that second-graders care about being kind to their classmates (the theme of the book I read). I also learned that wearing my glasses makes me look smarter."
"Canby Reads" started in 2017 and led to several successes, according to Sparks. It established a partnership between the district and the community. It contributed to The Canby Center starting a program called Reading Mentors, which they brought to Knight Elementary last year and then expanded to Eccles, Trost and Lee in 2018. Additionally, the students and the community enjoyed the stickers and the program as a whole.
This year's program concludes with the library field trips on May 3 for most schools and on May 15 for Ninety One School.
Community support includes the following.
The Canby Reads Committee including Reading Mentors Director Kathleen Hanberg, Canby Educational Foundation Executive Director Mary Walsh, The Canby Center Director Ray Keen, Knight Principal Christine Taylor, Mayor Brian Hodson, school board member Mike Zagyva, Thriftway owner Frank Cutsforth, Superintendent Trip Goodall, Canby Public Library Director Irene Green, Gwynn's Coffeehouse co-owner Mallory Gwynn, Trost Principal Angela Navarro, Trost teacher Carlos Ordaz Cruz, Lee teacher Angela Ottosen and Puddin' River Chocolates owner Teresa Sasse; Paul Hauer and DirectLink, Canby Rotary, Cutsforth's Thriftway, Canby Public Library, The Canby Center, The Canby Educational Foundation and more.