Stoddard kicks off reading challenge

BLACKFOOT — Students, teachers and parents at I.T. Stoddard Elementary kicked off their reading challenge Friday with a "Literacy Luau." The challenge is part of the Idaho Reads! VISTA program.
The students are given a list of 41 books to read with a parent, teacher or adult throughout the school year. If they complete the challenge by March 23, they will be invited to a Literacy Luau party in April to celebrate their accomplishment.
"The purpose for this challenge is to promote family literacy and parent involvement in the school," said Stoddard Idaho Reads! VISTA representative Annie Tanner. "We hope parents will jump on board and help their kids with this challenge."
The Blackfoot Public Library has purchased copies of all 41 books and titles will be available at both the public library and the school's library. The Blackfoot Public Library will also provide the books for the school's book clubs, which will feature the 41st book—a chapter book.
Tanner said the students had fun at the kickoff assembly Friday and hopes they will be encouraged to read.
Idaho Reads! VISTA is a grant opportunity offered by the State Department of Education, funded though Corporation for National and Community Service. Eligible applicants are Idaho elementary schools containing a K-3 grade span that qualify for Title I services, and/or literacy programs serving children in kindergarten through third grade serving a low income population.