Some Catonsville pupils get head start on school year...

Reading Digest

September 16, 2001

Some Catonsville pupils get head start on school year

CATONSVILLE - Pupils at Catonsville Elementary School got a head start during the summer through a program that sent home reading and math workbooks to about half the children set to enter first through fifth grades.

Principal Catherine Amsel picked the Summer Smarts workbook series for optional use during the summer, selling about 150 of the $8 books to parents, with the school's PTA picking up half the cost. "Parents were very receptive to it," said Amsel, who said the school has about 300 children in first through fifth grades.

State program encourages early start on library use

BALTIMORE - The state Department of Education is focusing increased attention on the library division's "It's Never Too Early" campaign, aimed at encouraging parents of very young children to use the library as a way of promoting long-term library use.

The statewide publicity campaign includes billboards, banners, bookmarks and T-shirts. The campaign highlights story hours at libraries across the state, and programs about early learning and reading preparation for parents and care-givers.

Nancy S. Grasmick, state superintendent of schools, and state education officials praised the campaign at the White House during first lady Laura Bush's recent conference on early childhood cognitive development.

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