In April the IERC connected literacy with a build-your-own-succulent class hosted at the home of Annie's Garden and Patio. We had a blast building our own arrangements and connecting it to the classroom.
The Jared Box Project (thejaredbox.com)
On Monday, February 8th, IERC joined DKG Chapter, Epsilon Eta, at Mountain View MS, MVUSD, Moreno Valley, to create Smile Boxes for hospitalized children. IERC donated books to read, activities to enjoy from National Geographic, card games, journals, pens/pencils, play doh, and more to put into the Jared Boxes. The hope is that the Jared Boxes will be fun surprises for children, birth-14, to have at their bedside, and hopefully bring a little literacy joy as well! It was very rewarding for Erin Masi and I to give of our time and materials. We wished that more IERC members could have joined us. But it was good to talk with DKG educators who have similar goals as we do in IERC, and we plan to join together again for Promoting Literacy for All!
Inland Empire Reading Council Members Support Literacy Learning
After reading the Press Enterprise aricle about the renewed interest students at the Southwest Juvenile Hall have for reading; but needed more independent reading books, our IERC purchased and delivered new books for the young adult reading program, November 13th, 2015.
It was such good news when we learned from Principal, Ebon Brown, that the students enjoyed the books and found comfort in reading daily and discussing the characters, story lines, and sharing common experiences through the books. IERC was thanked for remembering their students and the belief that their students have a future.