Oregon Freemasons support Raising a Reader

Representatives of Freemasons Acacia Lodge No. 118 and kindergarten teachers and principals from Aiken Elementary and May Roberts Elementary, Ontario schools, pause for a photo. Pictured, front row from left, are Will Hasley, district deputy; Martin Creson, junior warden; Wayne McConnell, master of the lodge; and Gary Faw, treasurer. In the back row, from left, are Kristen Anderson, of Raising A Reader; Marshell Hooker, principal of May Roberts Elementary; Tobey Huddleson, principal of Aiken Elementary; Mayra Pelayo, teacher at Aiken Elementary; Derek Herzberg, teacher at May Roberts Elementary; and Anabel Ortiz-Chavolla, director of Federal Programs.

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ONTARIO — Oregon Freemasons have chosen to support Ontario School District in partnership with Raising A Reader, a literacy program on a mission to engage young readers and strengthen family routines.

Principals and teachers from Aiken and May Roberts elementary schools attended an initial training session provided by Kristen Anderson of the Raising A Reader program.

Each week, children are encouraged to take home an iconic red bookbag, filled with award-winning and age-appropriate books to read with their families.

The program also focuses on enhancing community literacy connections to reinforce the habit of borrowing and sharing books. Parents may receive training on research-based practices to develop the habit of reading together in the home.

Local Freemasons from Acacia Lodge No. 118 support programs such as Raising A Reader. Members also support college scholarships and find other ways to assist in the educational development of youth in Ontario and throughout the state.