Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Teachers Give Halloween Treats for Hungry Minds

Members of the Federation of Pottstown Teachers sort books this summer in the Pottstown High School auto shop that were delivered through the First Book organization.

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by Federation of Pottstown Teachers. 

There’s nothing scary about Federation of Pottstown Teachers’ Halloween plan to distribute free books to students at the annual Pottstown Halloween Parade on Oct. 28 and at the Pottstown High School Homecoming Game, which is on Halloween night this year, Oct. 31.

FPT, the union representing 240 teachers in Pottstown public schools, partnered with the First Book organization to give 16,000, brand new, high-quality books to students this fall. Every student in the district already received a free book to take home at back-to-school night.

“We thought it would be a spook-tacular idea to give away books instead of candy this year at the
Federation of Pottstown Teachers President

Beth Yoder picking up some of the books that will
be distributed this week.
Pottstown Halloween Parade to continue our efforts to expand our students’ access to books in their homes,” said Federation President Beth Yoder, who teaches art at the high school. “We’ve given away almost 5,000 books already, and children and parents are thrilled to have brand-new books to read at home.”

“We know there’s probably not a ghost of a chance that children will just sit down on High Street and read right there on the spot, but after the parade, when parents are trying to settle their kids down, having a great new book to read together will be a real treat,” said Lindi Vollmuth, Vice President of the teachers’ union.

The annual Halloween Parade is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28 with a rain date of Oct. 29. Federation members will be wearing their bright green union T-shirts and hauling wagons loaded with books to distribute to children at the annual Halloween Parade and costume contest, which crawls its way up High Street to the Borough Hall.

Two days later, teachers will join the festivities at Homecoming at Pottstown High School at 1 p.m. on Halloween with another batch of books to give to students and their families. There will even be books for the parents this time around.

“There are few things as important to us as encouraging our students to become lifelong learners and avid readers,” said Pat DeWald, a special education teacher at the Pottstown middle school.

Yoder added “Pottstown teachers are committed to getting the tools and resources we need to help our students succeed. That is our union’s mission, and this First Book partnership fits it perfectly”.

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