2021-2022 Mini-Grants

FES - Summer Reading Celebration
Tails & Tales with Jungle Terry


Every summer, the students at Fairview Elementary School are encouraged to complete a summer reading challenge. The purpose of the summer reading challenge is to help eliminate “summer slide”, improve students’ reading skills, maintain growth made during the school year, and continue to develop their love of reading. The entire school is included in this challenge, including the incoming kindergarteners and outgoing 4th graders.

To celebrate their accomplishments, Fairview Elementary
School has a Summer Reading Celebration Day in the fall. Students who completed the challenge are recognized and celebrated, including prizes and free books to take home. In addition, we always have an assembly to celebrate our love of reading and our hard work over the summer.

For this year’s theme, we collaborated with the Erie County public libraries and named our program “Tails and Tales”. This theme opened up fun experiences exploring different types of animals for our summer reading program. ‘Jungle Terry and Friends’ from Ohio is an educational animal show that specializes in schools and special events. This traveling zoo will visit Fairview Elementary and give the students a hands-on experience with live animals. This program is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and reward those summer readers, and learn about animals, too!

The Foundation proudly funded this project with EITC donations.

Jungle Terry program
Jungle Terry with yellow snake

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