Lit kit

4-H teen leaders in seventh through 12th grade, part of both Jones County 4-H County Council and Jones County 4-H Brunch Club, helped assemble literacy kits for students at Olin Elementary. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are Callie Lynch, Adele Hogan, Koree Miller, Caleb Hogan, Cassie-Kay Ross and Lauren Koehler and in the back row, Hannah Fishwild, Shea Keister, Tom Dirks, Elizabeth Riniker, Katravia Burns, Autumn Kirby, Rachel Ross and Keziah McQuillen.


Olin students in preschool and kindergarten will be among the first group of students in Jones County to be the recipients of literacy kits.

Jones County’s 4-H Leadership Council and Jones County 4-H Brunch Club gathered April 28 at the Iowa State Extension Office in Monticello to help put together the kits for the students.

The goal of the kits are to hone skills students from pre-k to third grade need when learning to read, while at the same time, diving deeper into the book and its themes. Included in the kits are a book, materials for activities to build creativity, skill building, response and math connection, instructions and a note of encouragement from the volunteers that put together the kit.

The kit was made possible by a $300 mini grant from Jones County Community Partnership for Protecting children, which will cover the costs of 30 kits. The kit assembled by the 4-H’ers included the book “Bugs!” by Patricia and Frederick McKissack and designing a bug habitat, pattern practice, a math worksheet and a tracing exercise for activities. In assembling the kits, the volunteers laminated activity kits, colored book marks, wrote a note of encouragement and made a pattern activity.

“We are grateful for the work that (Jones County Volunteer Coordinator) Amy Keltner, the 4-H students, and anyone else involved has done to purchase and assemble these wonderful kits for Olin (pre-k) and kindergarten students.  We always welcome resources that we can share with families to help fight the summer slide that can occur for students,” Olin Elementary Principal Lindsey Given said.

“When students have made significant growth during the school year, they can lose some of that growth over the summer if skills are not practiced.  These kits will be a great resource for families to help maintain and continue that growth.”

Following the assembling of the kits, the CPPC started a conversation that was about family relationships and signs and solutions for childhood neglect and abuse.

The kit is just the first of two that will be handed out to local students this summer. During the Day of Caring, May 10, 100 kits will be assembled for the students at Strawberry Hill Elementary.

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