Fredonia PTA donates money for reading program

Fredonia Elementary School students will once again be able to participate in an online computer program that helps them learn to read for the entirety of the upcoming school year.

Adrian Balch and Cristina Gegenschatz of the Fredonia Elementary Parent Teachers Association presented the PTA’s yearly gift to the district during a recent board of education meeting. The organization is donating $3,500 for a one-year subscription to the Ticket to Read Program for the entire elementary campus.

“What we found out from a lot of parents is reading is a big thing in elementary school and getting kids interested in reading is a big deal,” Balch said, adding the PTA wanted to do something different for its gift this year. “With Ticket to Read, students go online and read and they’re rewarded with little online gifts. The parents we talked to said their kids were really into it and it provides a lot of great feedback to the teachers.”

The school had previously enrolled in a free trial for the Ticket to Read Program, which was not renewed after the trial expired. Balch added the cost breaks down to roughly $20 per student and covers every month out of the year except July.

“We’re really happy to be able to fund that for another year,” he said. “We’ll hope that it’s useful to the students.”

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