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RUSD Receives $35,000 Book Grant from SC Johnson


The Racine Unified School District is pleased to announce it has received a grant from SC Johnson to support student reading in fourth and fifth grade classrooms and increase participation in the Racine Public Library’s Battle of the Books program. The grant also includes fourth and fifth grade classrooms in Racine area private and parochial schools.

The $35,000 grant from SC Johnson will be used to provide sets of classroom books. The titles of these books were selected to aid students in preparing for this year’s Battle of the Books program, sponsored by the Racine Public Library. 

The Battle of the Books program challenges students to read chosen books and answer questions about the content of these books as they compete against other teams of students. The program encourages students to read a variety of texts with understanding in order to recall information from the texts. Participating students will read 39 different titles that include chapter and picture books, biographies, and expository text as they prepare for the “battle.” 

“We are thrilled and so appreciative of this donation,” said Racine Unified Elementary Reading and Language Arts Coordinator Jane Barbian. “After Battle of the Books ends this spring, all of the books provided through this grant will stay in the classrooms providing a wonderful boost to our classroom libraries. We know that to become great readers, students need to read every day. This new, wide variety of titles will go a long way in helping us engage students in daily reading.”

Research supports the importance of children reading daily in order to become good readers. Racine Unified encourages students to read independently every day. 

SC Johnson is the 127-year-old family company known for its leading U.S. household brands including Glade®, Kiwi®, OFF!®, Pledge®, Raid®, Scrubbing Bubbles®, Windex® and Ziploc®. The company is dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. It employs nearly 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world.

The Racine Unified School District is appreciative of SCJohnson’s continued commitment in supporting literacy in our community schools. The Racine Reads program in the 2012-13 school year encouraged and supported student reading by providing books, arranging author visits and offering a variety of incentives to students. Racine Reads concluded with SC Johnson providing funds for library makeovers at Wadewitz Elementary School, Trinity Lutheran School and Mount Pleasant Renaissance School, the schools with the highest amount of books read by the students. It also provided iPads and Barnes and Noble gift cards for students and schools with the most books read per student. Racine Unified students exceeded the goal to read 1,300,000 books in eight months. 

This new grant provides additional resources and opportunities for RUSD students to get engaged in reading!  SC Johnson’s commitment to supporting reading in our community is a valuable partnership in support of Racine Unified’s North Star vision of graduating students college and/or career ready.  

Located in southeastern Wisconsin, RUSD is the fifth largest school district in the state, serving more than 20,000 students. Our culturally diverse schools prepare our students to thrive in a global community. Our North Star Vision – that all students graduate career and/or college ready – guides our highly qualified educators in providing rigorous and engaging learning experiences for our students. We offer a wide variety of choices and programs that create opportunities for all students to excel.