Five Star Bank gift to support student literacy
What could be better for a youngster than sitting under a tree on a warm summer day with a great book to read? Five Star Bank makes it possible for Caledonia-Mumford elementary students to travel to far away lands, experience laughter and learn about the world outside of their own, through reading.
For the fourth straight year, Five Star Bank presented a $1,000 gift to Cal-Mum Elementary School to purchase summer reading materials for students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade.
Fifth grade teacher Mrs. Ellen Macy-Flint and librarian Mary Burns work together to select age-appropriate books for the students. JB Sportswear, a Caledonia business that offers all varieties of fan accessories and apparel, provides a small tote bag with the bank’s logo on it for the students to carry the books home in on the last day of school in June and to return them in September.
Burns and Macy-Flint say that the students are very enthusiastic about reading over the summer and want to take the books out of the tote bags as soon as they receive them in class. Reading is a great pastime and a wonderful way of keeping the children engaged in learning over summer vacation, the teachers said.
Superintendent of Schools David V. Dinolfo and Principal James Wolinsky welcomed Five Star Bank Regional President John Witkowski and Caledonia Branch Manager Ronald Ganthier, to Caledonia-Mumford Elementary School to accept the generous gift. They met in the library where first grade students who have benefited from the summer literature program expressed their enthusiasm for the program.
Five Star Bank also gave a $500 gift to the Odyssey of the Mind program at Cal-Mum Central School.