Author Kate Messner inspires students to write

Photo with library stacks: Back row (left to right), Matthew Geib, Sophia Barbas, Connor Eisenbach, Seth Franqui, Larissa Bottner, Jaylee Stringham. Front row (left to right,) Kendall Eby, Kate Messner, Ben DuBosq

By Katie Grisbacher

Spunky, inquisitive, adventurous, dedicated, creative, funny … that’s how kids described Kate Messner, the popular children’s book author who visited Warwick elementary schools March 9-11 through a grant from the Warwick Education Foundation.

Messner, a former 7th grade English teacher, has 16 books in print (and about 15 in progress, she says), including picture books published by Chronicle Books, stand-alone middle grade books published by Bloomsburg, and a number of children’s book series published by Scholastic. Continue reading

WEF Family Movie Night


The WEF Family Movie Night tradition continues at Penn Cinema.  This year over 1,700 students and their families will see “Home,” a  newly released animated movie from DreamWorks Animation on Tuesday, March 31 at 6 PM.  The event is Sold Out.  For more info, click here

“For the Love of Education” Gala 2015

Event co-chairs Dan Doremus and Henry R. Gibbel invite supporters to attend the Warwick Education Foundation’s 3rd Annual “For the Love of Education” Gala. The adult-only event on Saturday, April 11 will be an elegant evening of food, auctions, and celebration to benefit student education and the community in the Warwick School District. Tickets are on sale now and available on a first come first serve basis.
Theater and concert tickets, food experiences, jewelry, furniture, sports tickets and memorabilia, plus unique experiences and travel getaways are all part of the offerings for the silent and live auctions.

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One School, One Book

Photo:   John Beck students celebrate completion of the One School, One Book program, funded by the Warwick Education Foundation.

By Katie Grisbacher

For the fourth year in a row, the whole school community at John Beck Elementary is reading together … all the same book! In a program funded by Warwick Education Foundation Innovative Education Grants, John Beck students and families have read books such as Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White, and Because of Winn Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo.

One School, One Book is the flagship program of Read to Them, a non-profit with a mission to create a culture of literacy in every home.

“One School, One Book is a unique program in that children at all grade levels (listen) to the same book,” wrote Colleen Heckman, learning facilitator at John Beck, in a letter to parents. “Daring as this may seem, it actually makes educational sense. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s reading level.” Continue reading