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'Book Buddies' Benefits from Community Foundation Grant

Posted: Updated: Feb 7, 2013 05:28 PM EST

For many students, summertime means a break from school, but thanks to a new grant, Charlottesville elementary school students will have plenty of books to keep them busy. 

The Charlottesville Book Buddies Program has an additional $2,500 to put together summer reading packets.  The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation's Quantitative Investment Management Fund awarded the program the money.

"We like to send home materials that so they can continue their learning during the summer, and we include books and journals and pencils," said Book Buddies coordinator Emily Rodes.

Rodes says the goal is to help the students build their own at-home library.

The money will also help mail out new books to first grade students throughout the summer.

Charlottesville City Public Schools
Press Release

The Quantitative Investment Management Fund in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation generously awarded $2,500 to Charlottesville City Schools. The money will be used for the Book Buddies Program.

Book Buddies is a research-based one-on-one tutorial program that supports reading instruction in the classroom. It enlists trained community volunteers to provide instruction to first and second grade students who need extra support in literacy acquisition. Research shows students are achieving, as evidenced by increases in measures of alphabet and word recognition. The Book Buddies Program has attracted widespread attention at reading conferences and in national and international professional journals. It has been replicated throughout Virginia and around the country.

Dr. Rosa Atkins and Book Buddies Coordinator Jeanette Rosenberg expressed thanks for CACF's continuing support of Charlottesville City Schools.

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