Monday, September 10, 2012

Sequoia Elementary Gets $87k in Books, Materials

Sequoia students get reading grant. Sequoia Elementary School has received an $87,000 grant from the AMETEK Foundation so the school can participate in the 100 Book Challenge program.

The school, located in the Clairemont neighborhood, will receive all materials, professional development, and coordination of services to implement the program, as well as all materials supplied to the five K–3 classrooms at Sequoia.

"We're so proud to have been selected for this grant," said Principal Ryan Kissell. "This community of students, educators and families all work together to create an environment that provides our children with the necessary academic and social skills to become competent, confident and happy citizens."

Each classroom will receive reading materials that include at least ten baskets of leveled text collections -- more than 300 new books per classroom. A consultant will be assigned to the school to provide ten days of onsite, in-classroom training sessions. Volunteers from the local AMETEK site, Programmable Power, will donate time once a week to read to, and with, struggling readers.

The grant will fund a kick-off ceremony, end-of-year celebrations, and academic achievement awards for students who meet reading practice goals.

For additional information contact Principal Ryan Kissel at