A vast selection of reading supplements and materials will soon be at Oil Hill Elementary students’ fingertips.


A vast selection of reading supplements and materials will soon be at Oil Hill Elementary students’ fingertips.

The school recently received a grant worth $2,400 from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
The funds come from a back-to-school grant provided by Dollar General for new programs, equipment, materials and software for schools’ libraries or literacy programs.

“I fondly remember visiting my school library as a child and the excitement of checking out a library book,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chair and CEO. “We created the back-to-school grant to ensure that other children have this same opportunity. We’re proud to support Oil Hill Elementary’s literacy initiatives with this grant.”

Oil Hill is one of 1,101 schools to receive a grant from the foundation in 2009.

“This was a grant to buy mp3 players and books,” said Jonna Garbee, Oil Hill Librarian. “It will help to improve students’ fluency.

“The audio is there to help them with the words they are not sure of.”

The items have yet to be ordered but 20 mp3 players are lined up.

“We are going to focus on the William Allen White Award books,” she explained.

The William Allen White Children’s Book Awards, established and directed by Emporia State University, was founded in 1952 by Ruth Garver Gagliardo in honor of the memory of one of the state’s most distinguished citizens. The awards are aimed to encourage the children of Kansas to read and enjoy quality books.

The Kansas Library Card Web site, www.kslc.org will also provide material for the kids of Oil Hill. Teachers will be able to download audio books from the site.

“We can download those to the mp3 players at no cost,” said Garbee.