Eastern Pulaski Elementary School will soon offer a reading program for local residents thanks to the generosity of the Pulaski Alliance for Community Education. They awarded the school a $19,635 grant.
Plans call for the establishment of a “Family Dinner Book Club.” The school will provide high quality literature for families across Pulaski County to borrow, read together and discuss with “Dinner Time” conversation question cards. Families who sign a borrower contract and pledge to post a picture of their family with the book on the newly established “EPES Family Book Club” social media page will be able to check books out. School officials hope they will elaborate on their favorite part of the book in their social media posts.
Grant funds will be used to set up four Rural Community Book Boxes and stock them with literature for summer rotations. Card stock for conversation cards will also be covered with grant dollars. Additional money will be used to pay a portion of the school’s instructional coach salary and attendance at a literacy retreat for 12 teachers.
The Eastern Pulaski School Board officially accepted the donation at their recent meeting, along with a donation of a used riding mower for the high school athletic department. A community member who wishes to remain gave it after hearing the baseball coach mention it would be nice to have to keep the field in shape for games.