Washington holds penny drive for library bear

By Nancy Gutierrez

The Lindsay Unified School District approved a fund-raising request by Washington Elementary School to start a penny drive for a gigantic life-size bear which visited the school in September.

The bear was kept in the library at Washington, and was on loan from the Sierra Nature Store.

In a letter from resource teacher and librarian Joanie Wollenman, she stated, "The big bear was a nice addition to our forest in the Library, 'camp-read-a-lot,' and a wonderful motivation to read and learn more about bears. We would like to request to have a fund-raiser to buy a big bear that can stay in our forest in the library at Washington School."

The penny drive began on Monday, Nov. 1.

Washington School's library has had a complete transformation since the start of the year. Wollenman has created exhibits on spiders and ants for children to read and learn from while they are in the library. There is currently a butterfly life-cycle exhibit with real caterpillars which are now in the chrysalis stage.

A corner of the room is set up for storytelling and is decorated with trees and birds and includes forest sounds like running water and bird calls.

Wollenman plans on changing the exhibits and focus of the library themes throughout the year.

In other business:

  • The board received a certificate of achievement from the Buckman Mitchell company for efforts made regarding workers compensation that resulted in a 32.26 percent reduction in workers' comp claims.

  • The board approved the public disclosure of the collective bargaining agreement with the California School Employees association. The fiscal impact is $110,143.67.

  • The board approved the public disclosure of the collective bargaining agreement with the Lindsay Teachers Association. The fiscal impact is $314,636.53.

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