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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City Elementary school has joined with Countryside Co-op to support literacy for students grades kindergarten through fifth.
“Lisa Lovgren approached us with the idea,” said elementary principal Betsy Haltinner. “We do not have an end date on this program.”
The idea for the literacy program is to recognize students who are reading now, Haltinner added.
Lovgren is the assistant manager of the Countryside Co-op in Glenwood City.
Kindergarten and first grade students are encouraged to draw a picture with the title and author, second and third graders can draw a picture and include the title, author, and share what they liked about the book, and fourth and fifth graders need to design a book jacket with illustration, title, author, and share why someone should read the book.
Once they complete it, their parents are able to take the finished project to Countryside and bring home a treat for the student.
“During the past school year, Countryside Program also partnered with us rewarding readers with a personal pizza,” Haltinner said. “With school closing we wanted to create a new opportunity for families that was easier to do while learning at home.”
To earn the personal pizza, students were required to read a certain amount of minutes that would be recorded by the school.
With school now closed, Lovgren wanted to find a way that would keep students wanting to participate and continue reading.
“When the parents bring in the pictures or writings from their students, we are going to put them up on the wall, and then they are able to choose a cookie,” Lovgren said.
The co-op hasn’t received anything from the students as of yet, but Lovgren hopes people are willing to take part.
Lovgren said it has been a challenge to keep her grandchildren, who are six and seven, along with her six year old daughter, interested in school work for the last six weeks.
“I know my grandkids will participate because they like the achievement,” Lovgren said.