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Good things happening in Monongalia
By Patricia Morgan
MORGANTOWN, Oct. 25, 2010 -- This year, Read Aloud West Virginia, Monongalia County Chapter has gone through many abrupt and agonizing changes. This non-profit organization has lost several faithful board members, suffered a drop in donations and sales at its annual book sale fundraiser, and has not been able to put on the trademark Read Aloud Play for the past few years.
The board itself lost some of its heart in key members who wrote newsletters, who designed activities for books, and who led the board. But as we all know, with the closing of every book, somewhere there are new chapters being written. Words could not be printed fluently enough to describe what the latest Read Aloud, Monongalia County Chapter has been accomplishing.
Here are some of the things this depleted board has turned out:
-- Early June 2010, we elected a new chairwoman and attracted some new members to add to the experienced ones staying on board.
-- Our Author Committee put together a refurbished Author Kit for the 2010-11 school year. The Patricia Polacco kit will circulation this November. (For more information on the kit, contact any Monongalia County board member.)
-- We sponsored some of the guest readers and allotted funding for books at the Reading Rally at the Met in Morgantown.
-- We hosted a board meeting at Jackson & Kelly law offices with Read Aloud West Virginia state executive director Mary Kay Bond.
-- Our board co-chairwoman Jacki Morgan has been and continues to visit various Mon County schools to train volunteer readers. Jacki is a state trained reader and reading trainer.
-- We met with Dr. Frank Devono, superintendent of the Monongalia County Board of Education.
-- We donated funds to various schools including Brookhaven Elementary and Monongalia County Early Head Start. (Grant funding is still available. The eadline is Nov. 2, 2010).
-- We held the a state reader training session at Mason Dixon Elementary that was open to anyone and everyone who would want to become a trainer for our program. It was hosted by Mary Kay Bond and librarian Jackie Moore.
-- We scheduled the return of our Read Aloud Play for March 2011 at the Metropolitan Theatre!
The Monongalia County board meets monthly to plan and create new ideas. If you would like to become a member, please contact one of the current 2010-11 board members. They would be happy to let you know where and when our next meeting will be.
Morgan is chairwoman of the Monongalia County Read Aloud Board of Directors.
Contact: Patricia Morgan, chairwoman