The SCV Education Foundation is planning to add at least two more schools, two to four more students and over 100 students to its already successful Bag of Books program in Santa Clarita elementary schools.
All four of the valley’s elementary school districts (Castaic, Newhall, Saugus and Sulphur Springs) are involved in the program, which last year placed 30 bags of books into 25 different kindergarten classrooms impacting over 600 students. Each Bag of Books consists of four books the students check out on Monday, take home to read, and return on Friday. The following Monday, they get a new bag with four new books. By the end of the school year the students have had the opportunity to read 140 books.
For the 2016-17 school year, the SCV Education Foundation would like to add Canyon Springs Community and Cedarcreek Elementary to the program. If you would like to be a sponsor of the program, a donation for a single Bag of Books is $25. For $1,000 you can sponsor an entire classroom for the year and be there when the books are handed out at the beginning of the year. As a thank you, your name or company will be displayed on the SCV Education Foundation website donor page and on the bag that contains the Bag of Books.
Originally created in 1984 as the Education Committee of the SCV Chamber of Commerce, the SCV Education Foundation formed as a non-profit in 1995 to benefit Santa Clarita’s public K-12 schools. Activities of the Foundation include “Bag of Books,” a literacy program for young readers, and “Read With Me!,” which gives much needed one-on-one reading assistance from community volunteers.
The SCV Education Foundation has contributed over $150,000 in scholarships to high school students since 1988. In addition, the Foundation has awarded over $550,000 in grants—called Teacher Innovation Grants–for a variety of school projects such as computer software, science equipment and the arts. Teacher Tribute, an annual program for over 30 years, honors one outstanding teacher from each school.
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