Sassarini collects toys for awards
SASSARINI THIRD-GRADER Korbin Jensen, first-grader Andres Alvarez, and second-grader Maychella O'Brien are helping out with the school’s toy drive to support its reading program.
Sassarini Elementary School will be collecting gently used toys all week during its toy drive. A large collection bin can be found at Sonoma Market beginning today, Friday, Jan. 19, which will stay in the store until Friday, Jan. 25.
The school utilizes an accelerated reading program giving students access to 50,000 books in a database maintained by Renaissance Reading. Students read a book, then take a computer-generated test in the computer lab. They earn points depending on the book's difficulty and how many questions they get correct.
Sassarini has incorporated a fairly elaborate prize system for the points the students collect. The program encourages reading, reading comprehension and computer literacy.
But, due to budget cuts, the school cannot afford to buy incentive prizes for the students, and will host a toy drive to collect prize donations.
Any donation of gently used toys, of any size, are appreciated and will be used to encourage children to read.