Northland Students Give Community the Gift of Literacy

Contact Information: Michelle McDaniel, Director of Communications and Marketing 7019 North Cherry Gladstone, MO 64118 michelle.mcdaniel@oakhilldayschool.org www.oakhilldayschool.org 816-436-6228

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (February 5, 2013)

Northland Students Give Community the Gift of Literacy

GLADSTONE, MO— Oakhill Day School will host a Little Free Library Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, February 6, 2013. The event will take place on the school campus at 7019 N Cherry, Gladstone, MO 64118. Festivities begin at 12:45 p.m. as part of an all school assembly.

What started as a service project by originator Todd Bol of Wisconsin in 2009, the Little Free Library Movement has become embraced worldwide and has sparked the interest of the Middle School Student Council at Oakhill Day School.

“We chose the Little Free Library as our project because it is a unique way to increase literacy. It benefits not just our school, but the community,” said Holland Gugler, Student Council President. Each Student Council representative took on unique roles in order to get their Little Free Library Project off the ground. Trent Neutgens, seventh grade was charged with converting what was originally a school house shaped mailbox into the groups Little Free Library. “At a STUCO meeting, Mrs. Ganaden asked if anyone would know how to convert the mailbox, I eagerly volunteered. It wasn't a problem and it didn't take much time, I was happy to do it,” says Trent of his renovation work.

Oakhill Middle School Students, with the assistance of Amy Ganaden, Student Council Sponsor, and Library Coordinator, Kristen Sloan, spent the last two months gathering books to include in the Little Free Library. “We want people to discover interesting titles that they might not usually pick up at the public library,” says Gugler. The Oakhill Little Free Library will offer everything from children’s board books to New York Times Best Sellers. Gugler continues, “At our Little Free Library, there are unusual finds. We will have recommendations inside the donated books. Choosing a book that has been recommended by someone else can intrigue you to read something new. Student Council hopes to encourage people of all ages to get reading!”

Interview opportunities of children will be allowed. For more information regarding Oakhill visit www.oakhilldayschool.org or call (816) 436-6228. After-hours, please contact Michelle McDaniel, Director of Communications and Marketing at (816) 645-9589.

Oakhill Day School is the Northland’s premier, private, non-sectarian school for children Toddler (age two) through eighth grade. Oakhill provides excellence in education through child-centered learning in a supportive, challenging, and rewarding environment that provides students with self-confidence, values, knowledge, and the foundation for leadership through emotional, physical, and social development. www.oakhilldayschool.org

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