MIDDLEPORT — The After School Kids program has received a $1,500 grant from the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.
These funds will support the new Literacy Garden project for the current 21st Century Community Learning Center After School Elementary program at Meigs Local. First- through fifth-grade participants in the ASK program will utilize the existing school garden setting to inspire students to read, discover, research, write and learn.
Authentic student activities in the garden will be used to enrich literacy through exemplary children’s books that feature plants, gardening and natural elements. Text sets will be created, along with hands-on activities to encourage students to explore gardening, discuss literacy elements, and make text-to-self and real world connections that broaden and deepen both their literary and gardening knowledge. Community outreach will be conducted to share academic growth results and encourage community members to take an active role in the children’s education.
“We believe that the best way to get kids to read and become lifelong learners is simply to give them as many opportunities to read as possible,” program coordinator Kim Wolfe said. “We strive to put books of all kinds into their hands and provide plenty of time to practice the skills they learn in the regular day classroom. This is another creative way we encourage students to read.”
The Foundation for Applachian Ohio (FAO) is a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. With the mission of creating opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy FAO partners with donors, nonprofits, and communities across the region. By growing philanthropic resources, convening partners around issues of importance, and awarding grants, FAO is working to ensure Appalachian Ohio is a region abundant in possibility.