YIP students donate books for Buckeye classes

Members of Salem High School’s Youth in Philanthropy group and their advisors donated four classroom sets of Scholastic books to Buckeye Elementary Principal John Lundin for first and second grade students. Front from left are Lundin, Andrew Wilson, Emma Hochadel, Libby Ripley, Angela McCracken, advisor Brittany Zamarelli, and advisor Melissa Costa, both of the Salem Community Foundation; and back from left, Collin Helmick, Wilson Corbisello, Kyla Jamison, Hannah Bowers, Chloe Wilhelm and advisor Ryan Barrett, who is a first grade teacher at Buckeye. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)

SALEM — Some Salem High School philanthropists are trying to light a fire for reading in their younger fellow students with a donation of books.

Members of Youth in Philanthropy, a high school group sponsored by the Salem Community Foundation, chose Buckeye Elementary School first and second grades as the recipients of a $400 SCF grant.

Purchased were four classroom sets of “Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers”: American Symbols, Animals, Community Helpers and Weather.

“Through these Scholastic Book series, the first and second graders will love exploring the history and meaning behind American symbols, learning about wild and loveable animals, knowing more about careers in our community, and how the sun makes plants grow,” a press release about the donation said.

The books “reinforce core language arts skills, support grade level curriculum, and enhance small-group learning,” the press release said.

Each set includes 36 books, with six copies of each of the six titles and a teacher guide with reproducible activities for the children. Some of the titles of books in the Community Helper set include: “Police Officers on the Go!,” “A Very Busy Firehouse,” “Welcome to the Library,” “Who Works at the Zoo?,” “Pets at the Vet,” and “Let’s Visit a Dairy Farm.”

Members of YIP include seniors Kyla Jamison, Libby Ripley and Wilson Corbisello, juniors Hannah Bowers, Emma Hochadel and Andrew Wilson and sophomores Collin Helmick, Angela McCracken and Chloe Wilhelm. Advisors include Buckeye first grade teacher Ryan Barrett and Salem Community Foundation representatives Melissa Costa and Brittany Zamarelli.

According to the press release, SCF formed the group in January 2019 in an effort to help students understand the idea of community needs and gaining personal growth through philanthropy to make the community a better place to live and work.

The students get to meet new people and learn at their monthly meetings how to “demonstrate leadership, identify local needs, evaluate proposals, look at budgets, and work together as a team.

The mentors teach the YIP students about the importance of grant making and community service in Salem,” the press release said.

For this grant, the students wanted to help the elementary students become life-long confident readers who love books. The books also will help the teachers with small group instruction and independent reading.

“The Buckeye team really appreciates the donation. We think it’s amazing that the students of the high school in the YIP program thought to give back to the school community in such a meaningful way. The students in this program are a special group of people,” Buckeye Elementary Principal John Lundin said.



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