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WES students help support families in need by reading

picture of director of literacy and students at Read for Ronald McDonald House assembly

The Great Stevens (a.k.a. Watervliet Director of Literacy Don Stevens) challenges students to Read for Ronald McDonald House during the month of November.

Read for Ronald McDonald House


Watervliet Elementary students received a challenge for the month of November: Become reading warriors and help make a difference in their community through the Read for Ronald McDonald House program.

Program coordinator Nancy Damato recently stopped by the elementary school to share information about the reading program that helps support the local Ronald McDonald House, which offers families of seriously ill children a home away from home, at no cost, when their child has an extended stay in the hospital.

To participate in the challenge, students will track the minutes they spend reading each day in November – books, magazines and newspapers all count – and will collect pledges from sponsors (family members, friends) based on the total number of minutes read during the month. All money raised will benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Albany.

Mrs. Damato said participating in the program helps reinforce literacy skills including comprehension, grammar and critical thinking, and also helps students develop a love of reading. Equally as important, she said, they learn the value of community service and helping others.

Students received an informational packet to bring home that includes a calendar to track their reading and a pledge sheet. All students will receive a certificate of participation and will have an opportunity to earn prizes for reading.

More information about the Read for Ronald McDonald House program