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My First Book Club Launches to Promote Preschool Literacy

The Fauquier Excellence in Education Foundation, in partnership with Fauquier County Public Schools, is proud to present “My First Book Club,” a preschool program designed to improve literacy, promote a love of reading and develop peer interaction for 4-year-olds attending Fauquier County Public Schools.

Each month 84 preschool students will receive a new book, including a holiday gift and two books for summer reading. Teachers will work with students on individual reading skills and read together in a group setting, discussing content and sharing feelings about the books.

Students will learn the importance of organizing and caring for their new books and receive a book bin to build their own home library. Parents are encouraged to continue reading with their children and create family reading time.

Thanks to a grant from the Patricia and Nicolass Kortlandt Memorial Fund and the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, “My First Book Club” will be funded for two years, and the hope is to expand the program to 200 students by including other early literacy development programs in the county.

"Who doesn't remember the joy of getting a new book?" said Fauquier County Public Schools VPI/ECSE Supervisor Lindsey Brady. "The children light up with happiness when receive their new books, and have such a great time reading with their friends."

“Research continues to show that reading to children out loud increases vocabulary and improves imagination, creativity and confidence as children learn to read on their own,” says Stacie Griffin, Chairman of Fauquier Excellence in Education Foundation. “For some students, these may be the first new books they’ve ever owned, and we hope to inspire a lifetime love of reading. Thank you to the Kortlandt family and the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation for their generous support.”

Fauquier County Public Schools Pre-K program is part of the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) that offers early development and learning for qualified 4-year-olds residing in Fauquier County. Currently, 84 students attend preschool at five participating elementary schools: W.G Coleman in Marshall, C. Hunter Ritchie and James Brumfield in Warrenton, Grace Miller in Bealeton and M.M. Pierce in Remington.

The Fauquier Excellence in Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to creating, enriching and expanding education opportunities for teachers and students in Fauquier County Public Schools.

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