Lafayette School awarded $5,000 for meeting governor's reading challenge

EUREKA-What do you get when you combine a "cheerleading" librarian, a faithful volunteer who files daily, and 400 children who love to read? A $5,000 check from Governor Gray Davis, that's what!

EUREKA-What do you get when you combine a "cheerleading" librarian, a faithful volunteer who files daily, and 400 children who love to read? A $5,000 check from Governor Gray Davis, that's what!

Lafayette's library technician, Carol Skaggs, accepted Governor Davis' challenge to all K-8 students and she turned cheerleader/librarian, encouraging and cheering students onward to read and achieve.

The Governor challenged all schools to encourage their students to read for a 6­month period, having parents and teachers sign reading sheets and keep detailed logs on what students read. The program was well received-a total of 689,465,287 pages were read during the 6-month program by students from participating schools. Lafayette students read a total of 844,536 pages.

The state awarded 400 checks to the California schools with the highest pages recorded in this 6­month period. Lafayette was one of the four in Humboldt County who will be receiving checks. The other schools were Bloomfield in Arcata, Ambrosini in Rohnerville, and Trinidad Elementary School.

Lafayette plans to purchase books for their library using student request forms. Everyone who read will have the opportunity to suggest a book to be purchased and put into the collection.

In his May revision of the state budget, Governor Davis proposes to expand next year's Reading Award program to include 400 more schools.

For more information contact Carol Skaggs at 441-2482. Information is also available on the Internet at: http://www.ose.ca.gov/govaward/index.html.

Lafayette Elementary School is located at 3100 Park Street in Eureka.