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Elementary School News

March 22, 2013


MRH Elementary Read, Right and Run Club Hosts Book Drive

Each member of the MRH Elementary Read, Right and Run Club (RRR) has as his/her goal to READ 26 books,  complete 26 RIGHT deeds and RUN 26 miles by the conclusion of their last club meeting.
“The significance of 26 came from our 26 weeks of training for the run” explained MRHE PE teacher Bill Cordia. MRHE RRR members will join other area kids in Forest Park on April 6 to run the final 1.2 miles at the Go! ST. Louis Read, Right and Run Marathon Family Fitness Event.

As part of the 26 good deeds, the RRR club is hosting a book drive to benefit the MRH school district’s youngest students at the Early Childhood Center. Families can bring in gently used or new books and/or consider making a financial donation to the MRH Early Childhood Center Library’s Caldecotts for Kids campaign at  

The Book Drive will run through April 5. Students can bring in donations of books to the Elementary. “We’re cultivating a little friendly competition between classrooms” says Cordia. “The class that brings in the most books will get an extra recess with snacks!”

Financial donations to the Caldecotts for Kids campaign will continue to be accepted online after the book drive. MRH parent volunteer Anne Cumming reports “The goal of the Caldecotts fundraiser is to purchase a complete set of Caldecott books for the ECC library. To do this, we need to raise $1500. If there is any money left over, we’re going to purchase Caldecott runners up!” ECC Principal, Dr. Cyndi Hebenstreit describes Mrs. Cummings as a “Parent Volunteer Extraordinair,” adding “Anne is committed and compassionate to the cause of getting books into the hands of children and has spearheaded the total reorganization of our ECC Library.” In a letter thanking  MRHE teachers for their support of the book drive, Mrs. Cummings writes:

 ...I wanted to take a minute to let you know what's been accomplished in the ECC library, with the help of your own Terri Watkins. (ELEM Librarian)

1.  We have volunteer-led read-alouds and book check outs for K/1st grade.
2.  To date, more than 900 books have been removed from the library due to age, wear, and type (we're replacing paperback picture books with hard covered ones.)  When possible, we are using them in other areas of the school or giving them to children.

Mrs. Cummings goes on to list what is being done with the books they receive from this drive, including adding like-new, hardcover books to the library collection, replenishing the approximately 150 rotating kindergarten book bags that go home each night so families have a fresh read-aloud nightly, and updating the hallway book baskets that ECC students enjoy while waiting for the school day to begin. In addition,  MRH Parents As Teachers program is given all like-new board books to distribute to families during home visits. Cummings says there are likely around 60-80 students who have no books at home. “Our goal is to send them home with a selection of 10 books for the summer. And we hope to support the ECC PTO’s semi-annual book giveaway for students.” Remaining books will be shared with the community at the  ECC PTO’s Drop and Swap event on April 6 which is the same day as the Read, Right and Run Family Event in Forest Park.


For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.