Twin Valley Elementary Center students fundraise for Kids for K.I.D.S., to buy books for less fortunate children

Mrs. Peg Dombach, TVEC Librarian, is joined by several 1st grade students who read and collected coins for Kids for K.I.D.S. Pictured from left to right: Peg Dombach, Leo Kline, Andrew Utz, Nolan Grannells, Makenzie Owens, Grace Mohan, and Mr. Craig Sell, TVEC Principal.

The Twin Valley Elementary Center in Elverson raised $767.50 for the organization Kids for K.I.D.S, by collecting coins to provide books for children in need. At TVEC school functions throughout the 2013-2014 school year, coins were collected and a check donated to the worthy cause.

The project was implemented by Peg Dombach, TVECs librarian, and the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) committee at the school. Through the RIF program and funding, more than 480 K-4th grade students are given three brand new books per year.

The students at TVEC are fortunate that they get RIF books each year to call their own, Dombach said. When we found the organization Kids for K.I.D.S, and discovered that we could raise money to help them buy books for kids who need them, we were on board.

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Four coin collecting contests were held throughout the year, and each winning classroom won an ice cream party.

Through the year-long RIF program, TVEC explored the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. In conjunction with the theme, TVECs school principal, Craig Sell, dressed as Waldo from the Wheres Waldo? books. Mr. Sell traveled the globe, visiting the seven different modern wonders as the children explored them at home and in the classroom.

The students read for an entire year and tracked their minutes. The more minutes they read, the more wacky challenges Mr. Sell had to complete, including dressing like a Leprechaun and dancing on St. Patricks Day, coming to school in his pajamas, and singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame at the schools chorus concert, to name a few.

There are a lot of pressures in education today, Sell said, and this is a way to get down to whats important: to make reading an enjoyable, lifelong activity.