Elementary school children raise money for child literacy
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
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The kindergartners at Macedonia Elementary raised $513 for the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. Above: Marty Pinion, a member of the Cherokee County Community Action Team accepts the check donation during an assembly on Wednesday morning. Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy is a Georgia-based organization that raises money to provide books, free of charge, to preschool children.
The kindergartners at Macedonia Elementary raised $513 for the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. Above: Marty Pinion, a member of the Cherokee County Community Action Team accepts the check donation during an assembly on Wednesday morning. Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy is a Georgia-based organization that raises money to provide books, free of charge, to preschool children.
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Kindergartners at Macedonia Elementary School usually give each other books as holiday gifts, but this year they wanted to make sure Cherokee County children just a bit younger than themselves have a new book to read.

Kindergarten teacher Shari Alhadeff said she wanted to get her students involved to encourage a schoolwide effort to perpetuate acts of kindness.

“Every year at the holiday time, the kids will give each other a book,” Alhadeff said. “Macedonia likes to help others in any way we can, so I ran my idea by the other kindergarten teachers and they liked the idea.”

In total, Macedonia’s kindergarten class raised $513 for the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, a Georgia-based organization that raises money to provide books to preschool children.

Led by Woodstock Elementary School first-grade teacher Debby Pinion, the Cherokee County Ferst Foundation provides children enrolled in the program a book each month mailed to their home.

Along with the book, parents receive a newsletter with community news, reading suggestions and a coloring page.

Pinion’s husband, Marty, a member of the Cherokee County Community Action Team, was on hand Wednesday to accept the big check on behalf of the Ferst Foundation.

“That the kindergarteners would have a community focus was really meaningful to me as a first-grade teacher,” she said. “Just to think they would have that community outlook just really puts me in the Christmas spirit. I think that’s just precious.”

She said her husband was glad for the opportunity to perform for the students Wednesday.

“We just wanted to give them a little treat since they helped us so much,” she said.

The program costs $2.50 per month per child, so the donations from Macedonia students will be enough to provide 18 preschoolers with a new book each month for a year.

Alhadeff said the project was a big success.

“It made the students feel like they were a part of something,” Alhadeff said. “We tried to incorporate a schoolwide theme with something that we made more personal to them and tried to get them excited about their acts of kindness.”

For more information on the program or to make a donation, visit ferstfoundation.org.
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