The Appleton Education Foundation (AEF) has awarded a $10,000 grant to support distance learning for Appleton Area School District (AASD) 4K students.

“The AEF is honored to support distance learning for the district’s youngest learners,” said Julie Krause, executive director. “We are confident this grant will help students, teachers and parents during this unique time in education.”

The $10,000 grant will be paired with additional district funds to purchase book packs and parent resource materials.

“We are so excited to be able to provide books with our Early Childhood 4K Distance Learning Relaunch,” said Suzette Preston, director of 4-Year-Old Kindergarten.  “The titles selected have wonderful, bright pictures, which parents can use with the questions in the learning plan to explore different ways young children read.  We believe our youngest learners will want to hear these stories again and again. This is a strategy we know will support learning new vocabulary as they grow and get ready for next fall.”

Packs of three Level A books are arriving via mail to all 4K students this week. Books focus on timely subjects like community helpers and springtime. Additional resources will be delivered in May.

“All of our teachers are really looking forward to partnering with our parents to explore, read and see where our young learners lead us with new books to build our learning,” said Preston.

The Appleton Area School District implemented distance learning for all students beginning March 19, following Governor Evers’ mandate to close all school buildings.

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Posted 4.22.2020

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