Lemont Girl Scouts Aim to Help District 113A Teachers with June Book Drive

Boxes for new and used books to be set up at local banks throughout June.

A Lemont Girl Scout troop is collecting books throughout June to benefit elementary school teachers in .

Troop No. 70144, which is made up of third-grade through fifth-grade girls, are seeking about 300 new and used books for and schools (K-5) by July 1.

According to troop leader Joan Zych, the drive was prompted by the district's recently adopted reorganizational plan, which will close and shift many teachers to the Oakwood/River Valley campus.

"With close to a dozen teachers changing grade levels next year, they will need these independent reading books for their in-class libraries at their new grade levels," Zych said.

Personal class libraries are even more important with the increased class sizes in District 113A, she added.

"Teachers are responsible for purchasing many of their classroom supplies and if folks in Lemont have books that their child is no longer reading, we are asking them to donate the books to the Girl Scouts' book drive to help both the students and the teachers," she said. "Every single book will make a difference to someone"

Drop boxes can be found at five locations:

  • , 1151 State St.
  • , 50 E. Wend St.
  • , 1100 State St.
  • , 16050 W. 127th. St.
  • , 16028 W. 127th St.

For more information, call Troop No. 70144 leader Joan Zych at 630-670-8595 or email jbzych@sbcglobal.net.

Robyn Horn June 08, 2011 at 12:32 PM
Nice job Joan!
Lori Morlock June 08, 2011 at 03:48 PM
This is so nice of the Girl Scouts to do, but I have a question. What happens to all of the books in the Central LRC? Can't District 113a distribute those books among the teachers going to Oakwood and River Valley? Lori Morlock
Susan Antonoff June 08, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Hi Lori, I am a teacher moving from Central 3rd grade to Old Quarry 5th grade. The books in Central's library belong to the school district. The books that teachers use in their own classroom libraries that support the leveled reading program are purchased with our own money or have been donated by parents. I've invested heavily over the years to support a wide variety of readers stemming from the average third grader, a small selection of lower and a small selection of higher reading leveled text. We've leveled our classroom libraries and are there for students to gain easy access to literature without waiting for the next checkout. As it stood this last year, students were able to checkout one book per week from the district library at Central. Depending on the reader, the text, and the option to read at home, some students finished books daily and others over days or weeks.
Susan Antonoff June 08, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Classroom libraries do not have access to the student checkout system that the district library uses. Teachers are responsible for any materials checked out to them. If the district distributed books to my classroom checked out under my name, I would be responsible to pay for any books that were lost. Without a book checkout system for each classroom each day, it would be impossible for me to monitor who was reading and/or returning district books. For the Girl Scouts to recognized the value of having books in the classroom goes to show how much the students appreciate the variety of literature that has been available for them through their teachers and parents who contribute. Moving from 3rd to 5th, I’ve handed down my lowest levels to a teacher moving from 3rd to 1st, and visa-versa, but certainly not enough for the changes in levels for the number of students we are servicing.
Lori Morlock June 12, 2011 at 03:08 AM
Thank you Mrs Antonoff for explaining that to me. I wish you and all of Central Staff good luck to your new positions.


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