|"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was,the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child...
The Reading Rewards Program has had the pleasure
of being important in the lives of hundreds of children."
~~ Mr. Walter R. Behrens
|Since 1995 philanthropists, Nancy and Walter Behrens of Lincoln City, Oregon, who believe in fostering the love of reading in children, have offered to pay each student for every book they read and provided field trips to many educational destinations.
This year (2003-2004) in lieu of checks, the Reading Rewards Program will issue a five-dollar coupon toward the purchase of a new book for every book report form that is completed and verified by the student's teacher. The five-dollar coupon will be honored at all participating bookstores.
The local principals liked this idea and very soon teachers, principals and parents were praising the program for its unqualified success.
|The local library reported that their circulation in children's books had increased. Principals report students' test scores have risen every year since the program started.|
Last year the Foundation paid for bussing every class to Driftwood Library. The kids spent an hour looking through hundreds of books for those they really loved. They each received a library card and Teena, the librarian, had extra staff on hand.
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