SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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May 14, 2004
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Lincoln Elementary's "Let's Fly to the Library" wins Jack London Award for Excellence
a la Biblioteca," or "Let's Fly to the Library," a program designed to
boost family literacy among the students at Santa Rosa's Lincoln Elementary
School, won top honors at the 2004 Jack London Awards for Educational
Excellence presented at Sonoma State University this week.
"Volemos a la Biblioteca" is a program that has been in effect at Lincoln Elementary since 2002 in a district that is almost 80% Hispanic.
Teachers at Lincoln realized that many students' families did not have
the financial means to build a diverse and extensive home library and
their only form of home entertainment was television.
Teacher Ben Levy figured the natural solution to this predicament was
visits to the public library. "Volemos a la Biblioteca" was designed to
get students and their families involved in regular visits to the library
and promote reading and library use to students and their parents.
When families participate in "Volemos a la Biblioteca, " each Lincoln
School child receives a Sonoma County library card, a free book bag, and
a book. Lincoln School teachers accompany families to the library in order
to familiarize them with the institution.
CAPTION: Ben Levy (left, back row) and "Let's Fly to the Library" students, parents and librarian.
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