GISD distributes thousands of books for K-6 students across county

FLINT— The Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) is working to make sure students across Genesee County have the tools they need to maintain a consistent reading routine while Michigan schools are closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As part of our literacy campaign, GISD is distributing books for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade.

“The overall goal of our literacy campaign is to help increase student and family reading engagement at home, something that is even more important now that students are away from the classroom,” said Mary Behm, Assistant Superintendent of Education and Learning at GISD. “We know that reading is critically important and if we can get students in the habit of reading early it sets a solid foundation for learning.”

With students learning at home during this time, GISD is doing what it can to ensure they have books at home to read. GISD has secured books and other learning materials for children in Genesee County. GISD leaders, literacy coaches and our Education Language Arts (ELA) coordinator, worked with superintendents and staff to safely sort, compile, and distribute the books, and other resources, into the hands of K-6 students in each district.

“Our early childhood team distributed 2,040 literacy bags to students in GISD’s Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), Early Head Start, Head Start, and Successful Kids equals Involved Parents (SKIP) students and families,” stated Tricia Hill, Executive Director of the Center for Countywide Programs. “The literacy bags were filled with two books, literacy tips and activities, crayons, paper, our social-emotional resources, and flyers regarding emergency services for families. Our staff assembled the bags and then delivered them to the homes of our students (porch drops).”

Students in GISD’s Special Education Center Programs also received books to help enhance their literacy skills.

Cherie Wager, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education Services stated, “Special education staff have gone above and beyond to sort and safely deliver these resources to students. Students and families have been very appreciative of their ongoing efforts to support students during this time.”

“This is an effort we have been working on for weeks and I want to thank everyone who has partnered with us to make it a reality,” said Dr. Lisa Hagel, Superintendent of GISD. “Our distribution efforts started when we began distributing meals to students, and now we’ve been able to add books and learning materials to the list. We are doing everything we can to meet the critical needs of students in Genesee County during this challenging time.”

Details: Visit www.readgenesee.org. — G.G.