Aspen School gets $3,000 grant

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Reading help > Grant will pay for special reading kits

By Tris DeRoma

Students at Aspen Elementary School got an early holiday gift when Wells Fargo Inc. and the Golden Apple Foundation announced the school won a $3,000 grant through the organizations’ “Teacher Partnership” program.
According to Aspen Elementary School Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom, Aspen third-grade teacher Alisa Rolfe led the quest to win the grant, and it will be money well spent.
The school has earmarked the grant for some special reading kits that will help students in grades one through three catch up on their reading skills.
“These are for when a kid isn’t quite at grade level,” said Vandenkieboom. “The instruction that comes along with this kit is very targeted. You know exactly what part of reading the student is having a hard time with, it might be fluency, it might be comprehension. This kit helps target that instruction.”
Called Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), the reading kits have been very beneficial to the school’s students, said Vandenkieboom, who became aware of the kits through recommendations from the teachers. With the grant, as well as help from a $1,500 contribution from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, the school will be able to purchase a kit for the third grade.

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