Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic |

Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

Roots and Wings, and other local organizations like Lions, Rotary, and the Chamber of Commerce do much to support schools. This is a very philanthropic community.

Roots and Wings is specifically an Educational Foundation for Penn Valley Schools. It provides many supplemental opportunities to kids, and funds programs that support traditional learning and foundational skills all students need. Money goes to special programs as well as augmenting traditional 3 “Rs” like math, and reading programs, and not leaving out one of the three “Rs”- writing too.

An important skill in the 21st century, today’s kids often are writing on a computer; “keyboarding” skills which are like the typing classes many of us had. But students still need to be able to manually write, and have good grammar and spelling without spellchecks.

Anne Purdue, a teacher at Ready Springs, says, “It [writing] begins in Kindergarten, where students learn to grip a pencil correctly and form letters accurately, and continues in all grades as teachers work to develop and ensure a good balance of keyboarding and manual skills.” One writing approach program, used at Williams Ranch, funded by Roots and Wings this year is called Handwriting Without Tears.

Darla Draper, a first grade teacher at Williams Ranch provides this summary: “Handwriting Without Tears started in the 1970’s by an occupational therapist. The materials and teaching strategies make learning a positive, successful experience for children in just 15 minutes a day. Explicit, multi-sensory handwriting instruction in the lower grades is crucial to developing writing fluency. It provides opportunities for students to build strong printing skills for writing letters, words and sentences.”

She also goes onto say, “Williams Ranch K-2 grades have been using this program for many years and are thrilled that Roots and Wings has partnered with us to support this program.”

Roots and Wings listens to the needs of the teachers at all of the schools; the professionals on the ground with the kids every day, and they also listen to the parents and administrators to hear what they would like to see available. They are known for funding science, art, woodshop, and LEGO Robotics. But Roots and Wings needs community support financially.

Sunday, October 4 is the 25th Annual Golf Classic, another major fundraiser, one of only 3 events held each year. Golfers, volunteers, sponsors, and donations are needed. If you want to celebrate 25 years, and are willing to help, see the Roots and Wings tab of the school district pages at Also, “like” the Roots and Wings Facebook page for updates on other events during the year. You may contact Tina Skrukrud at 432-9319, or others listed on the forms on the website.

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