Clay County CAPE Literacy Advisory Council met earlier this month to discuss opportunities to enhance literacy and bring positive changes to the community.
Brazil Public Library commemorates its 100th anniversary this year and will kick off the celebration during National Library Week April 7-12. The summer reading program for children, "Buggy About Books," will feature crafts and speakers during June and July. Surveys are still being gathered for those interested in adult education at the south branch of the library in Clay City. The CAPE (Community Alliances Promoting Education) grant, funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., provides money for authors to speak to professionals as well as parents and children. Jim Trelease, author of "Read-Aloud Handbook," is scheduled for Sept. 30 this year. His video was shown and his books were distributed to those in attendance.
Kathy Politz, state educational consultant, presented "Foundations for Young Children to the Indiana Academic Standards" to teachers and early childhood providers last week.
Even Start currently serves six families in Clay County with 12 children, reported Monica Wallace, director. WIETS (Western Indiana Employment and Training Services) assists at the Even Start with interview techniques, filling out job applications, showing clients how to access job lines on the Internet and register on-line for workforce development programs. Even Start office is located in West Central Village Community Room. It will move to the prevention site at the old CVS building, the purchase of which was made possible by the CAPE grant, once renovations are complete.
Bids for the renovation project will go before Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees this month with work to start, hopefully, the first of March.
Lockers are in at the new alternative school, also funded by CAPE. When spring and warmer weather arrives, staff will host an open house for the community.
Minnis and Associates finished interviews and discussions with various organizations, social service agencies and individuals. Findings will be presented in March to the Literacy Council and the superintendent of Clay Community Schools. Also, Jennifer Minnis and Scott Hill, technology director for Clay Community Schools, are looking at different CAPE websites in order to design a home page for Clay County CAPE. It will be connected through the school server, so site fees will not be required. The home page would be linked to other literacy organization sites as well as higher education sites.
A family literacy conference, with "Engaging Parents" as a possible theme, is being planned between Clay County CAPE Literacy Advisory Council and Indiana State University that could be part of the teacher in-service training during the summer. Purdue University is about ready to launch a parenting and providers program that could be a concurrent session.
Vicki Switzer and Cheryl Williams, will review for 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants. Switzer and Caroline McCullough will research grants and preparing a grants directory for various Clay County organizations. Five $5,000 grants will be available next year for higher education. Request for Funds Applications from CAPE are available.
The Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children is scheduled for March 21 and 22.
Four-C is in the process of taping a series of videos to be distributed to teachers and child care providers. 4-C and Altrusa Club of Terre Haute paired up with DECA students to do story hours with books and activities for several child care providers.
Northview teacher, Dava Boor, is interested in starting an early childhood development program in Clay County in which students could earn up to nine dual credit hours in conjunction with IVY Tech State College.
Literacy promotions are being planned to promote Clay County CAPE. Multi-colored slick newsletters will provide information about different CAPE services and activities. Price quotes have been obtained from a local printing company. How many newsletters are needed and how they will be distributed is yet to be decided.
Mary Yelton will meet with private preschool teachers to discuss CAPE grant opportunities for their programs.
A sign-up sheet was passed around for volunteers to sign up to man a booth at the Showcase of Clay County. Not enough help was available to man a booth at the Home Expo.
The Council is still waiting for notification of a free book distribution through the National First Book Bank.
Matching grants through the LeapFrog SchoolHouse Company are available to schools and librarians to purchase equipment and materials from them and the company will match up to $500.
A Family Fun Night is scheduled for March 13 in Clay City.
The next meeting of Clay County CAPE Literacy Advisory Council will be at 7:30 a.m. March 11 at the YMCA.