The Duncan Banner

Homepage

December 20, 2013

Smart Start receives grant from Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation

DUNCAN — A love of reading is what Smart Start of Stephens County plans to instill using a $750 grant received from Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation.

Just before the presentation was made Thursday morning, Julie Sanders, Smart Start coordinator, stopped in to visit a Smart Start classroom at Will Rogers Elementary. She read a couple of short books to a group of pre-K students as part of a reading program through the organization.

Smart Start classes are read to on a regular basis to encourage an positive image of reading at early ages. Once the books were read, Bryce Hooper with Cotton Electric made the presentation to Sanders.

“When you all come back from Christmas, you are all going to have your books to take home,” Sanders told the excited students.

It is the goal to provide each Smart Start student, ages birth to six, with a book of their own to take home with them. The funds from the Cotton Electric grant, as well as funding from other sources such as the United Way, are helping make that goal be reached.

“There is such a need for kids to have books at home,” Sanders said.

“If they don’t have them, they are less likely to be read to or read on their own. Even if they can’t read yet, they can look at the pictures and use their imaginations.”

There are currently 146 students in Smart Start and books don’t usually come cheap. Yet, there is hope to continue funding the home-book project in years to come.

“It makes it easier to harness the love of reading,” said Sanders.

1
Text Only
Local News
Features
Sports
Education
Opinion
  • Governor, state Legislature have misplaced priorities

    If the Oklahoma State Legislators and our Governor spent less time interfering in women’s rights to manage their bodies, creating ways to lay more taxes and fees on the middle class in order to generate more tax breaks which benefit only the wealthy while also conceiving methods with which to fill Oklahoma’s for-profit prisons, they would be doing all of us a favor. Instead, why not work to enhance funding for our schools and wage increases for all school employees? While reforming the state’s educational budget, why don’t they approve wage increases for our Oklahoma State Troopers and enlarge their Academy to insure qualified individuals are ready to fill the upcoming vacancies as many of the older force retire?

    April 9, 2014

  • Self government key to keeping politicians in check

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that federal campaign laws that limit the total amount of money donors can give to political parties, committees and candidates for federal office (U.S. House, Senate, and President) was unconstitutional. The ruling will not increase the current $2,600 limit on how much a donor can give to a federal candidate in each primary and general election or the $32,400 limit that can go to a national party committee. Those limits are still in place.  The ruling will instead remove the limit on how many candidates/committees to which a donor can contribute.

    April 9, 2014