The second HFH partnership school library has opened in Fairhill at the John Hartranft School.
John Hartranft School in Fairhill prepared for several years and with HFH library coordinator Ciaracita Vargas was able to re-open their school library in November 2018. She does read aloud and lessons that support classroom instruction and hundreds of books have been checked out and returned. HFH volunteer Jean Hurd does book ordering and Peter Warrington delivers high quality used books to send home for At Home libraries.
Reading scores have steadily risen at Julia deBurgos for K-3 grade in the four years of the HFH school partnership. On the PSSA Reading tests, the percentage of 3rd graders scoring proficient increased from 16.7% in 2016 to 27% in 2018. Early literacy is a big push in the school district and all the extra effort by students, teachers, specialists, and partners is showing results.
The deBurgos School Library, reopened by HFH, is in its 4th year is fulfilling a principal’s dream of a cultural center for reading and literacy. When children are excited about books, talking about and sharing books,
they become better readers and the world opens up for them.