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Literacy Matters!

April 12, 2023 10:43 AM | Ty Mooney (Administrator)

As part of our literacy initiative, the Sonoma County Alliance Education Committee has purchased a Book Vending Machine for Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Santa Rosa.

Why Abraham Lincoln Elementary School?

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School serves 270 students grade K-6th. Of the student population 97% belong to a minority group and 84% are from limited-income families, eligible for free or reduced lunch programs.*

At Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, only 15%-19% of students are achieving proficiency in reading/language arts. That is 36% lower than the average California State School. *

"The Sonoma County Alliance Education Committee's funding of a Book Vending Machine is part of their initiative to bring equity to education and remove financial barriers for children and families who need it most." - Ty Mooney, Director of Events and Membership

The Book Vending Machine has the familiar look of a snack vending machine but dispenses books using a token system. Students are awarded tokens from their teachers for academic achievements and good behavior.

Through the book vending machines the Education Committee is supporting the school in providing access to quality reading material, improve literacy skills, support academic success, and promote a love of reading.

"We purchased the book vending machine at Lincoln Elementary in hopes of making reading more fun and entertaining for students." - Michael Menenedez, Co-Chair of Education Committee (Co-Committee Chair is Jason Lea, Ed.D.)

The Education Committee gives all of the 100% tax deductible donations directly to the schools answering teachers wish lists and providing supplies and tools to use in the classroom. 

To learn more about the Sonoma County Alliance's Education Committee and to support our partnership with local schools, please join us on June 10th for our annual fundraiser Bocce for Books.

Enjoy great food & drinks from Taft Street Winery, an incredible auction, and Bocce for KIDS!

Register here >

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