It's a Crime Not to Read
Reading is a big part of every first and second grader’s life. The Maclure Library, Lothrop Elementary School and the Vermont State Police are collaborating on a program with Lothrop’s first and second grade classes called It’s a Crime Not to Read.
Each month, the school librarian, the Maclure Library librarian and a Vermont State Trooper visit the classes for 20 – 30 minutes. The State Trooper reads a book, chosen by the librarians, to the class. Afterwards, the officer discusses the importance of reading, how they love to read, remind the children to read the book with their parents and to set personal reading goals for the coming month. Students will receive a copy of each month’s book to keep. This allows parents to support reading at home and instills the importance of life-long learning.
The purpose of this program is to connect our first and second grader with books, reading and positive community relationships. The officer reads aloud to the students illustrating the importance of developing strong literacy skills. The program provides the students with positive role models who read, a favorable image of police, as well as encouraging reading and increased library awareness.
Our goal is for our first and second graders to come home and say, “We read this book in school today and I loved it. Read it with me again!”
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Bonnie Stewart at 483-2972.