Margaret Daniel Primary School recently received a generous gift from LeHigh Hanson Aggregates, a North American construction materials company with a local aggregates (crushed rock, sand and gravel) distributory in Ashdown.
Ed Warnken with LeHigh Hanson presented Tami Cross of MDP with a check for $1500 to help support the MDP Family Night Library program, as well as help add and replace books in the school media center.
"We are thankful for this community sponsor and appreciate their generous donation," states MDP Principal Kay York. Becky McGraw with LeHigh Hanson contacted York requesting to contribute to the school and its needs, resulting in the monetary support.
The Family Night Library program at Margaret Daniel Primary has been successful in both improving student reading levels and increasing parental involvement for the school and its kindergarten and first grade students. It is funded entirely from community donations.
The MDP staff has set a goal of at least 80% of MDP students reading at or above grade level by May DRA testing time. The percentile is already above 76%, with expectations to exceed the 80% goal soon and go beyond. Support from the parents and community are important contributions to reaching student success.
Eighteen L. F. Henderson Intermediate School students were chosen as winners in the annual Reading Fair competition. First, second and third place winners were chosen from both fourth and fifth grade entries in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Technology. The top two places in each category will represent their school in the district Reading Fair competition held at the DeQueen-Mena Educational Cooperative in Gillham on Jan. 21-22.
Students who entered the Fiction and Nonfiction categories created eye-catching visual displays using trifold boards on which they presented information about the books they had chosen. Those students who chose to present their book in the Technology category used computer programs, such as the cloud-based Prezi or Microsoft PowerPoint, to create an interesting informative report about their book.
Read more: LFH Representatives to District Reading Fair