LACONIA — Pleasant St. Elementary School is a recipient of a Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) 2014-2015 Year of the Book sponsorships. It was one of eight schools in New Hampshire and Vermont which will receive free books and literacy programs valued at $25,000 over the course of a school year.
The CLiF Year of the Book sponsorship supplements literacy curricula at schools with high percentages of students scoring below state standards on reading and writing tests and high percentages of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Over the course of the year, students may select and keep new books of their own.
In addition to free books, a sponsorship brings in literacy professionals to inspire students. Programs may include author/illustrator visits, multi-day comics or poetry workshops, storytelling presentations and theater or video production.
CLiF is a non-profit organization founded in 1998. Its mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural children in New Hampshire and Vermont. Over 16 years CLiF has supported and inspired 150,000 young readers and writers through six literacy program sponsorships and has given away more than $3 million in new, high-quality children's books.
CLiF does not receive any federal or state funds for its programs. It relies solely on the generosity of individuals, local companies, social organizations, and foundations.