Monday, January 16, 2012

Chesterton Elementary Gets One-day Makeover

Chesterton Elementary
Principal Herb Delute talks with volunteers working at the school.
Chesterton Elementary School was selected from among schools nationwide to receive the first-ever “We Give Books” school makeover, an initiative sponsored by the Pearson Foundation.

On January 3, more than 200 representatives from Pearson spent the day at Chesterton Elementary providing new learning materials, beautifying the school grounds, refreshing classrooms, and working with students and teachers on academic projects. Volunteers also prepared care packages containing books and essential supplies for families in need.

Principal Herb Delute and the entire student body greeted the volunteers, who were then joined by Captain Scott Adams, Commanding Officer of Naval Base Point Loma and treated to a presentation by the Color Guard from U.S. Marine Corps HMH-462.

In addition to beautifying the school, Chesterton Elementary also received a brand new “We Give Books” library. Parents and teachers received complimentary “We Give Books” online reading activation kits, with step-by-step instructions for activating the program’s growing library of free high-quality digital children’s books.

The day-long effort was an extension of the Pearson Foundation’s ongoing “We Give Books” literacy program, which provides free hardcover and paperback books to children served by schools and non-profit community organizations through online reading campaigns at The Chesterton event was sponsored by Pearson Higher Education, which has adopted the “We Give Books” program as a way to come together and take part in local, hands-on projects that immediately benefit students and teachers.

For more information, contact Bridget de la Garza in Children & Youth in Transition at 619-725-8165.