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
School and will take up Spinetta’s challenge during
the next few weeks. Pine
“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.”
Peggy Gardner, principal of
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 Pioneer Elementary School Gardner.
“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
. The Amador Community Foundation
assists the Spinetta Family by administering the funds throughout this project. Amador
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