- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

WATERBURY CENTER, Vt. (AP) - Eight schools in Vermont and New Hampshire are getting free books and literacy programs valued at $25,000 from the Children’s Literacy Foundation.

The foundation’s Year of the Book sponsorship supplements literacy curricula at schools with high percentages of students scoring below state standards on reading and writing tests and students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Over the course of the year, students may select and keep new books. Programs also may include author/illustrator visits, multi-day comics or poetry workshops, storytelling presentations and theater or video production.

Vermont schools receiving the grant are Albany Community School, Bradford Elementary, Ludlow Elementary and Sheldon School.

New Hampshire schools getting the grant are Valley View Community School in Farmington, Pleasant Street School in Laconia, Beech Street School in Manchester and Stewartstown Community School in West Stewartstown.

“We are a very small school located in an isolated area,” said Lydia Johnson, principal of Stewartstown Community School. “Our students have limited access to outside resources and opportunities. Many of our children have never left this small town. We are not able to take our children to faraway places, but books can take them there.”

Over 15 years, the nonprofit group has donated more than $2.5 million new books.


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