2015-10-24 / Community Life

Reading is not a lost art


Tracie Budd (left) and Brenda Bonczar shared details of a comprehensive reading/literacy program in place at Coudersport Elementary School with Rotary members at this week’s meeting. Tracie Budd (left) and Brenda Bonczar shared details of a comprehensive reading/literacy program in place at Coudersport Elementary School with Rotary members at this week’s meeting. Despite the explosive growth of technology and alternative forms of communication and entertainment, the adage, “Reading is fundamental,” remains at the foundation of public education.

During this week’s Coudersport Rotary Club meeting, members heard some of the ways Coudersport High School has been incorporating reading and literacy skills into its curriculum, while adding a community component to involve parents.

Brenda Bonczar, who spent almost 20 years as an elementary school classroom teacher, has been heading up the program during her four years as the district’s Title 1 reading teacher.

The Title 1 reading program is a federal program targeting children deemed to be at risk of having learning difficulties or otherwise disadvantaged. School districts receive federal funds to operate the program.

Traci Thomas Budd was an elementary school teacher for 23 years and was recently named director of curriculum, instruction and assessment.

They discussed Family Reading Night, held at the elementary school from 5-7 pm and open to parents and other family members.

The speakers also described partnerships with the Potter County Education Council and local libraries.

Also attending Monday’s meeting was Rachel Minard, who was thanked for advising the Rotary-connected Interact Club at the high school. She was accompanied by club members Teri Houghtaling, Rosemary Wargo, Brandon Ehrensberger and Katie Bertrand.

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