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Cholla Middle School
Cholla Middle School in Phoenix received classroom sets of the novel, Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, by Jordan Sonnenblick. The copies were used by 90 students in three separate classrooms. The theme of the book is how to deal with personal tragedies.
A book project night was held for the parents and the community. Students illustrated their knowledge of the story by creating journals and other artifacts. Teacher Rae Mask thanked Libraries, Ltd. for the books, stating, “This was a highly successful project which helped students develop empathy skills and better understand how other students’ home lives can impact their daily interactions.”
Club RIF Alumni
Reading is Fundamental
Our most recent book distribution occurred on January 27, 2017 at St. Peter’s Indian Mission School. This marked the 27th year of Club RIF’s distributions at the Mission School.
Over thirty volunteers made this event a success, including students from Chaparral High School and Arizona State University. The volunteers put on a show that involved reading two Eric Carle books and performing a dance. About 300 Pre-K through 8th grade students received the following: new books of their choice, with their names inscribed in their books. They also visited Clifford the Big Red Dog, who stamped their books with a paw imprint; additionally, students had their faces painted with popular and colorful symbols.
The students from the Mission School performed traditional Indian dances and included the volunteers in their Friendship Dance. Teachers selected books for absent students, as well as books for their own classroom libraries.
The distribution was magical. It was a wonderful cultural exchange.