Foundation Kicks Off F.R.E.D. Initiative

cover of Mason Dixon Pet DisastersJan. 15, 2013 ~ More than 14,000 students in Olathe School District's elementary schools will be getting into reading with Families Read Every Day (F.R.E.D.). The initiative kicked off Jan. 14 at each of the district's 34 elementary schools. The Olathe Public Schools Foundation provided a generous grant to the district to fund the project.

Over the course of three weeks in January, students will read a chapter each night with their families of the book "Mason Dixon Pet Disasters" by Claudia Mills. In addition, there will be suggested activities from an activity calendar sent home with the books. The book will also be discussed at school.

"Every kindergarten through fifth-grade student and staff member in our 34 elementary schools will be given a copy of a special book selected just for this community event," Foundation Executive Director Cindy VonFeldt said. "Our goal is to engage our entire school community of students, families and teachers in a shared reading experience that we can all enjoy together."

In addition to the activities at home and school, a community event is planned for the end of January when author Claudia Mills will be in Olathe. The Olathe Public Library will host two events with the author and a reception with the author speaking about writing is planned at California Trail Middle School. The events are scheduled for:

  • 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 Black Bob Road
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, Downtown Branch Library, 201 E. Park Street
  • 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, F.R.E.D. Community Celebration at California Trail
The Santisteban family participates in F.R.E.D.
The Santisteban family is one of thousands of families in the district
that will participate in the Families Read Every Day program.
The family includes, from left, Easlyn, Artie, Ashton, Charlee holding
Paislee, Misa, Neena and Kaleb (in front).