EXECUTIVE WOMEN INTERNATIONAL DENVER CHAPTER
SHARES THE JOY OF READING WITH A LOCAL SCHOOL
“I was outside for duty, and a parent and child came up to me. She said that her son (4th grader) always claimed he hated to read. But once he got that backpack with Stick Dog in it last May, he read and re-read that book over the summer, and is now excited about reading. He came in to the library first thing this morning and checked out 3 more books!
Yea! Thanks for creating readers with your generosity! The mom was so happy too that her son is now excited about reading, all because of Stick Dog! :-)”
-Nadine Abrahams, Digital Literacy Teacher Librarian, Westview Elementary
On May 24th, three days before school let out for the summer, the students at Westview Elementary School in Northglenn, CO participated in a fun morning of reading, meeting some zoo animals and receiving new knapsacks filled with books and other goodies. The event called “The Reading Rally” is organized every year by Executive Women International’s Denver Chapter (EWI). EWI is a premier professional organization for networking, leadership development with chapters throughout the United States and Canada.
The goal of the Reading Rally is to promote literacy and this year, the books were distributed be fore summer break to encourage children to read all summer long. This year, The EWI Philanthropy/Literacy Committee held the Chapter’s Reading Rally for 438 students, grades K-5 and special education. EWI members participated by reading The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen in each classroom. Students then gathered to watch an animal presentation from The Denver Zoo’s outreach program. The students saw birds, lizards, an Anteater and touched an African tortoise. This was the first year EWI Denver partnered with The Denver Zoo’s outreach program and it was a very fun way for the students to see some of the animals they had just read about that morning.
EWI is proud to promote literacy and support these events that make a difference in today’s youth. Nadine Abrahams, Digital Literacy Teacher Librarian, thanks EWI by saying, “What an amazing morning! The kids were thrilled and have continued to talk about the knapsacks, books, and animals. The teachers, too, loved it. Thanks again for being so well organized and for doing such an amazing program for Westview.” EWI also donated Stick Dog by Tom Watson, to grades 3-5 and 15 other books for their library.
Every year, EWI selects a school in the metro area for our Reading Rally. The committee selects the school and the books. This year, the committee was chaired by Melody Ambrose from our member firm, CH2M. For more information on Executive Women International, visit our website at ewidenver.org.