“Literacy is one of the greatest legacies we can provide our children.” Mt. Healthy City School District and The Cincinnati Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction partnered to make literacy the main focus this holiday season. Lady Gwenn Ivory Robinson from Top Ladies of Distinction Cincinnati delivered a donation of over 300 books as literacy options to Mt. Healthy North and South Elementary third grade students to read at home. She stated, “We want children to believe in literacy, and the purpose of literacy is to promote reading, writing, and speaking and enjoy learning.” Each of the third graders will receive a book that encourages and inspires them to continue reading and practicing their skills. The donated books are culturally responsive about famous people. Jana Wolfe, Mt. Healthy City School District Executive Director of Teaching and Learning explained about the district’s literacy initiatives, “Getting students excited about reading and literacy is really what we want to do. These books would be something of great interest to them due to the cultural nature of the stories. We do want Kids to be reading books even though they have so many other options, so it's really important to get them excited about reading and literacy.”
In addition to the books, students will be given a pack of crayons and a paper bag to complete a project based on their book. The crayons are provided by Express Graphics and Mt. Healthy Masons, and Colerain Kroger contributed the paper bags. The donated books were purchased through Smith & Hannon Bookstore of Bond Hill. It is the only black-owned bookstore in the Greater Cincinnati area, which provides a stronger connection to so many of the district’s students. Mt. Healthy City School District’s literacy objectives are a priority for all of the students to find future success in anything they do.
Also, see the video from the event: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YIepZOChhFBqeetuhKAwxADnb2wttbu4/view?usp=sharing