Foundation Gives the Gift of Reading
In keeping with its mission to enhance and promote learning, the Walton Education Foundation recently gave hundreds of books to the children at the Townsend Elementary Schools, Walton Nursery School, and Project Head Start.
Foundation board members Diane Meredith, Wendy Reid-Jackson, Jessica DelBalso, Melissa Grossmann, Roger Clough, and volunteer Barbara Lister delivered the books to each classroom, where they were greeted by eager young faces who were delighted to be receiving early Christmas presents.
A donation from the Foundation’s President Chad Hall enabled the organization to purchase more than 500 new books at the Penguin Publishing Company’s warehouse sale in November and from the Scholastic Book Club program.
The holiday book project was organized by Wendy Reid-Jackson with assistance from Jessica DelBalso, Jessica Backus-Foster, Melissa Grossmann and various staff from Walton Central School.
Foundation Bringing Girls on the Run Program to Walton
This spring, the Foundation will be sponsoring a team from Walton to participate in the nationally known Girls on the Run and Girls on Track programs. The program, which teaches life skills through interactive lessons and running games, is open to girls in 3rd through 8th grades. The program culminates with the girls completing a celebratory 5K running event in Cooperstown with hundreds of other girls from throughout Central New York.
The goal of the Girls on the Run program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. The Foundation will be sending out information about Walton’s Girls on the Run program with students in the spring. More information about Girls on the Run can also be found online at http://www.girlsontheruncny.org.
Community members, businesses, and WCS alumni who are interested in donating to support the Foundation’s mission or its programs and projects, including the Holiday Book project, the Girls on the Run program, and the Summer Reading project can do so by visiting www.waltoneducationfoundation.com or by mailing donations to the Walton Education Foundation, P.O. Box 66, Walton, NY 13856. The Foundation is a registered 501-(c) (3) tax exempt public charity. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.