Children in Fulton area pre-kindergarten classrooms will be receiving an early Christmas present to help get them hooked on reading.
Members of the Fulton Noon Rotary Club teamed up with Fulton Public Library Director Caroline Chatterton on Tuesday to put together 300 literacy activity take-home bags. These will be distributed to pre-kindergarten students, with any remaining bags going to Catholic Charities of Oswego County.
Each bag contains a book, a literacy activity packet, a pencil, a flier with Fulton library information, and other promotional materials from the library.
Chatterton said the materials were purchased through an $850 grant received from the North Country Library System.
“Every year they have a round of outreach mini-grants,” Chatterton said. “This was an idea that I had that I really wanted to get going. The funds from NCLS really helped me do that.”
According to the North Country Library System’s website, the Outreach Grants strive to help member libraries strengthen services to targeted outreach populations.
“The whole idea behind this outreach project was that we wanted to try to put some literacy resources in the home before the children go to school, or before they enter kindergarten at least, because it’s so important to start that at an early age,” Chatterton said. “These are small things, but we’re hoping that it will entice them to come into the library and get interested in reading before they start school.”
Among the Fulton Noon Rotary members on hand Tuesday to help assemble the literacy take-home bags were Kurt D’Angelo, Julie Seale, and Lori Greeney. The club is involved in many community activities, and promoting literacy is high on the list. When contacted by Chatterton, they were eager to assist.
“One of the big initiatives of Rotary is literacy, so we thought who better to help get in on this project than them,” Chatterton said.
She said she wasn’t sure exactly when the literacy bags would be distributed.
“We haven’t set a date yet, but before Christmas for sure,” Chatterton said.