Park recently received a grant of $5,600 to purchase emergent storybooks for kindergarten students.
The grant was provided by a foundation that wishes to remain anonymous, Park kindergarten teacher Amy Callies said. The foundation has provided more than $20,000 to the school over the past decade, she said.
"Emergent storybooks are books that are very engaging and students want to read them over and over again because they love the story,'' said Callies, who noted The Monster at the End of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover is the students' favorite.
The books are housed in the school's book room and the kindergarten book room. The most recent grant helped Park purchase book titles that are current, updated, engaging, and really fun to read, Callies said.
She also noted that teachers have been able to send books home with students every day to provide a home-school connection.
"The students are very excited to have the new books to read,'' Callies said. "In fact, when the photo was taken they asked, 'Do we get to put these in our book boxes now?' Thank you for contributing to the literacy of all the students at Park.''