State literacy program kicked off Wednesday with Coos Bay kindergartners

October 22, 2014

COOS BAY, Ore. — Nearly 500 kindergarten students gathered around for “stORytime” Wednesday in Coos Bay, kicking off a new statewide early literacy campaign.

The new campaign highlights the importance of reading and the impact early literacy can have on a child’s future. The program started with south coast kindergartners.

“It’s really about talking or singing or playing and using words when you’re playing,” Oregon Chief Education Officer Dr. Nancy Golden said.

One of the program’s goals is trying to get children to be proficient readers by the time they reach third grade.

The stORytime website has a partner page with information about becoming a stORytime partner. Volunteers can download materials to display in offices and stores, including posters, bookmarks, activity sheets and videos that demonstrate how everyday moments (grocery shopping, cooking, driving in a car, taking a walk, singing, playing) can become learning moments.

You can donate books to Students on the South Coast: In partnership with Umpqua Bank, the Oregon PTA and Scholastic, the stORytime website includes a Book Donation Portal where Oregonians can donate books to a school of their choice between Sept. 29 and Dec. 15. Umpqua Bank will match the first 40,000 donated books with a grant of up to $100,000 from the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation.

Angelica Carrillo; Twitter @acarrillonews


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