Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Spinetta Debuts Library Fundraiser for Upcountry Schools

Charles Spinetta, owner of Charles Spinetta Winery, announced that his 2014 library fundraiser will benefit two local elementary schools.  The program focuses on the Upcountry this year, so the libraries at Pioneer Elementary School and Pine Grove Elementary School will take up Spinetta’s challenge during the next few weeks.

“Kids in elementary school earn money for their school library by reading books and writing book reports,” explained Spinetta.  “I donate to the school library based on the number of books read and reported on by the students, and everybody has fun raising money while reading and learning.”

Pioneer Elementary School kicked off its fundraiser on Monday, February 3 with a whole school assembly.  The school’s principal and librarian emphasized the significance of the fundraiser to the students, and each student was challenged to read and report on at least five books.

Peggy Gardner, principal of Pioneer Elementary School, enthusiastically explained that the school will creatively encourage students to read.  “Our librarian selected an assortment of appropriate books to feature for each class during their library visits, and our upcoming Pajama Day includes plenty of time for reading.  We’re very grateful for the opportunity to earn books for our school library,” said Gardner.

Pine Grove Elementary School held its classroom kick off event on the same day as Pioneer.  Pine Grove students will read at least 1,400 books while marking the fundraiser with days devoted to reading, guest readers, and prizes.  The school chose ‘Read Your Socks Off!’ as the theme for its fundraiser, and for every book read and report completed, students will get to hang a sock with their name on it in the cafeteria.

“This should be a hoot,” said Kelly Hunkins, principal of Pine Grove Elementary.  “We are going to have a whole lot of fun in the process of reading all those books.”  Hunkins also has a large assembly planned for the end of the fundraiser and an energetic parent organization to help out along the way.

At the district level, this fundraiser receives a tremendous amount of support from Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the Amador County School District.  The Amador Community Foundation assists the Spinetta Family by administering the funds throughout this project.

Spinetta predicts that each school will meet its reading goals and earn about $8,000 for each library.  “The funds are used carefully by principals, teachers, and librarians to purchase new books for the school library,” he said.  “Hundreds of students at the two schools will read thousands of books and raise over $16,000.”

PHOTO: Jim and Charles Spinetta with volunteers and staff from Pine Grove and Pioneer Elementary Schools

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