READINGISFUNDAMENTAL (RIF) at Whitney was a success today!
RIF is the largest and oldest nonprofit literacy organization in the country. At each RIF distribution day (twice each school year), children have an opportunity to choose a new paperback book to call their own.
Though most of the National RIF funding is provided by Federal grants, the money to buy books for our RIF comes entirely from our local community, particularly from the Anacortes Noon Kiwanis, the Kiwanis Sunrisers, Soroptimist International of Anacortes, Soroptimist International of Fidalgo Island, the Anacortes Noon Rotary, Fidalgo Island Rotary, Friends of the Anacortes Public Library, and the school PTAs. The budget is around $6000 per year to provide approximately 2700 free books.
Today RIF gave 157 books to Whitney Students enrolled in Kindergarten, Pre-K, and YMCA programs.
We’d like to thank all of our guest speakers who read to the Whitney classes today. Thank you to Mayor Laurie Gere, Librarian Leslie Wilson, Dr. Cindy Elliser of Pacmam, Whitney Co-PTA President Cherree Abbott, Firefighter Eli Hudson, & Anacortes Police Officer Karl Wolfswinkel.
A special thank you to Cheryl Neuwirth for organizing this amazing event and to Kristi Guinn and Alexis Weise for being such a huge help today.
We want to thank all of you who joined us for Heathly Start Wednesday! Whitney families didn’t let a little rain and cold stop them from coming out early to enjoy a “make your own parfait” station, delicious coffee and beverages and some STEM activites.
We also want to thank Miri Levi, the owner of Just Living Health for sponsoring this event.
It was an amazing evening at the Whitney PTA pizza takeover event. $700 was raised in just 3 hours! The children enjoyed coloring and making a ‘thank you’ poster for the Anacortes Pizza Factory while the parents enjoyed mingling and eating the delicious pizza.
Thank you so much to the Pizza Factory for hosting and for your incredible support!
2018-2019 Whitney PTA Board Members (from left to right): Cheryl Neuwirth, Karla DeCamp, Cherree Abbott, Hank Becker
Hello I am Cherree Abbott, a former elementary teacher, wife, and a mom of three littles! I am passionate about supporting teachers and students in their efforts to provide and receive the best education possible! I’m excited to partner with all of you this year to help make that happen for our fabulous teachers and students! Can’t wait to get to know each of you!
Hello, my name is Karla DeCamp and I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s PTA team. My husband and I have a college freshman at Western and a Kindergartner in Mrs. Swapp’s class. I grew up on Guemes Island and was a part of the ASD from Kindergarten to 12th grade, class of ’93! I truly love this community, in partiular the love of education, music, and arts that many share here. I am a small business owner, and I just started a local Non-profit foundation. I am committed and eager in helping bring a positive and healthy learning environment to your children, teachers, and staff. I look forward to getting to know you all and working together to do some amazing things this year!
My name is Cheryl Neuwirth, a former librarian, wife, and mom of two. Our family has been a part of Whitney since 2014. My son started in the YMCA program, continued with Ms. Kathleen & Ms. Jeanette in Pre-K and is now (finally!) a proud Kindergartener! My son is in Mrs. Kitterman’s class. Our school may be small, but our job is BIG! This is the first school experience for many Whitney Dragons and their parents. This is the time that we set a standard of participation and advocacy for our kids and their school. I’m excited to collaborate with the Whitney community to make this a successful and meaningful year.
My name is Hank Becker and I’m entering my third year as a Whitney parent. My wife Miri and I moved to Anacortes for the great schools and natural beauty of Fidalgo Island, and we feel fortunate to be raising our three kids here. We wholeheartedly support the Anacortes School District, and are especially fond of the Whitney school community. Our first experiences at Whitney helped us fall in love with island life, and prepared my oldest child for success in ASD. I’m looking forward to helping everyone become a member of the Whitney family this year! I hope to meet many new people at school events and around the playground soon!