Reading foundation celebrates successful year

Reina Parker Cunningham Contributing Writer

January 2, 2014

The Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia (CRF) is closing out 2013 with a bang after being named one of District Administration magazine’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products for 2013.

The CRF was selected from a record 1,800 plus nominations for their READY! for Kindergarten program . It was selected as one of the best programs in education by K-12 leaders.

This award is the perfect storybook ending to what has been a fairytale year for the foundation.

The launch of READY! for Kindergarten was a great chapter for the CRF this year.

Program Director Debbie Knuckles said she is hopeful more schools will be able to participate in 2014.

“January will find us dedicated to fully implementing READY! for Kindergarten into the Bell County School District. Each elementary school will have multiple staff members who will be attending an orientation/facilitator’s training near the end of the month,” explained Knuckles.

“Plans to involve parent liaisons, family resource centers and preschool personnel have begun, as those in pivotal roles are now being invited to sit down at the table that will ultimately bring these free tools, trainings and books, to parents and family members of children ages 3, 4 or 5, who have not yet started Kindergarten,” she said.

While Bell County Schools are joining the Ready! sessions, Middlesboro Schools are preparing to continue their sessions.

“While each Bell County School will offer three separate sessions (fall, winter and spring) in the months of February, March and April, Middlesboro Elementary School will continue with the series of sessions by offering a winter session on Jan. 27, beginning with orientation at 6 p.m. Training will begin at 6:30.

Middlesboro previously offered two fall sessions. If you have attended either of these, then you may bring your READY! notebook, but will not need to attend the orientation again, said Knuckles.

For more information, contact The Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia-KY (Facebook), Debbie Knuckles at 269-8293 or to speak to someone in person visit the CRFA-KY offices in Pineville at the Bell Theater on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at Middlesboro Mall (located near J.C. Penney) on Tuesdays from noon to 8 p.m.