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Canby Lions roar over improved literacy

Groups completes second book giveaway at Ackerman Academy


(From left)  Lions Matt Jaggers and Larry Arendt and Ackerman Principal Noel Hygelund look on as students begin to arrive and find two free books.  The book give away is part of the Lions Club Project Kids program. The Canby Lions Club has completed its second book giveaway at Ackerman Academy, according to program chairman Jim Jaggers. The club delivered more than 100 free books for the students at Ackerman recently. Books that are not selected are placed in classrooms for additional reading material.

The book giveaways are part of the Canby club’s participation in Lions Clubs International’s Reading Action Program, a 10-year effort by Lions around the world to improve reading literacy.

In addition to providing books for students, the Canby Lions Club has provided sets of novels and individual novels to Ackerman’s English program.

“Every book has meaning for someone,” said Larry Arendt, a longtime Lion, as he handed out books to students.

Providing the books and novels is a part of the Canby Lions Project Kids program. Project Kids is the club’s adoption of Ackerman Academy, with the goal to “help make Ackerman the best alternative school in the state.”

The Canby Lions have an active partnership with the Canby Education Foundation which has allowed Project Kids to secure a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation. Another grant request will be filed this summer with OCF and Clackamas County’s Community Fund program.

The Lions Club will begin recruiting members of the community to act as mentors for each student. Committee member Barbara Hassler said, “The club has provided over $1,500 worth of supplies for Ackerman’s art program.”

The club is working on grants to provide electronic tablets for student use at the high school level.

The next program the Lion’s Club will support is Ackerman’s Positive Youth Development Program.



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