These talented young poets had their chance to shine at this morning’s Whitney Poetry Celebration. Mr. Knowles class sang their version of What Does the Fox say, brilliantly replacing the lyrics with sounds of the ABC’s. Each classroom had 2 poets each who read original poems that they each wrote.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any cuter, the classrooms then split up into small groups reading their poetry to one another while drinking hot chocolate. A memorable morning indeed.
We had an incredible turn out at the Whitney Christmas event. Held at the Anacortes Senior’s Activity Center, the children decorated cookies, sang carols, and visited with Santa. Here are some of the highlights from our event.
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!