by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Students (from left) Travis Klein, Eli Garver, Branden Guerra and Kevin Ginther are all smiles after checking out the classroom novels given Ackerman Academy by the Canby Lions Club.  They were joined by Principal Noel Hygelund, in back, and teacher Grace Saad, right, to receive the books.The Canby Lions Club recently gave the Ackerman Academy alternative school English program individual and classroom sets of novels. The presentation is a part of the club’s Project Kids program which supports all curriculum areas at the school. Canby’s Project Kids is a part of Lions Clubs International’s 10-year program to improve reading literacy around the world. In Oregon, Lions have developed a partnership with the SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) program to emphasize reading.

“I’m excited to have these books for our English program,” teacher Grace Saad stated. “The classroom sets of novels the Lions Club provided will help our program.”

Principal Noel Hygelund thanked the Lions Club for helping the curriculum at Ackerman.

“There are so many things we can do with support like we are receiving from the Lions,” he stated.

The Club’s Project Kids will provide free books for all students in both the middle and high school program twice per year. In addition, art supplies will be given to Ackerman later this year.

Long range activities of the club will be to help set up a community mentoring program, according to project chairman Jim Jaggers.

“We will start recruiting community residents for the program later this year,” he stated.

Another goal of the club is to provide each student with an electronic tablet for classroom work.

To date Canby Lions have raised $2,600 from the community to support the program. The club has committed an additional $1,000 from its budget as well over the next several years.

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