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Omicron donates 143 books to school

Contribution made possible through the Martha Slyter Fund

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 7:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 8:13 a.m. CDT
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Three students at White Oak Elementary School in Morris read three of the 143 books that were donated to White Oak’s READ 180 teacher Aaronda Murphey-Neuwirth at White Oak.

Aaronda Murphey-Neuwirth, the READ 180 teacher at White Oak Elementary School in Morris, received 143 books from the Omicron Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for her reading lab.

The project, called Martha’s Books, was made possible through a grant from the Martha Slyter Fund of the Lambda State Foundation for Educational Studies.

Omicron Chapter received $911 to purchase the additional books for Mrs.Murphey-Neuwrith’s lab.

READ 180 is a comprehensive system of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to help readers in grades 4-12. It targets skill development in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, writing and critical thinking. The program uses technology to individualize instruction for students and provide data for differentiation to teachers.

The Martha Slyter Fund was established after the death of former Grundy County Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Martha Slyter.

President of Omicron Chapter from 1964-1966, Slyter had bequeathed $5,000 to the Lambda State Foundation for Educational Studies. The Foundation was created by Lambda State to provide financial assistance to Lambda State members, chapters or coordinating councils that are working on an educational research or other innovative projects, which will improve and enhance the education of students in Illinois.

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