On Thursday, May 29, Silverthorne Mayor Bruce Butler attended Silverthorne Elementary School’s year-end assembly to present a check for $2,000 toward the school’s Summer Reading Program.
Thanks to the grant award, each student in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade was able to select two books from the school’s Scholastic Book Fair, which also took place at the conclusion of the school year.
Dianna Hulbert, principal at Silverthorne Elementary School, said the town has supported the Summer Reading Program for so many years some students already knew why Butler attended the assembly. As the students filed in, loud whispers of “that’s the mayor” and “he’s bringing the big check” could be heard throughout the crowd, Hulbert said.
“Keep reading over the summer; studies show that reading is the best way to avoid the summer slide,” Butler said during the assembly. “So, read your books, share with friends and go to the library.
“The town of Silverthorne is happy to support you in your educational efforts, and, while I’m giving a public service announcement, wear sunscreen and bike helmets this summer, too.”
The Summer Reading Program was designed to encourage students to read on their own outside of the classroom, Hulbert said. Students are sent out on their summer vacation with a reading log. Although different grade levels offer different incentives, students who participate in the Summer Reading Program could be rewarded with a pizza party, as an example, Hulbert said.
“The town has been very, very generous and very supportive of this program for years,” Hulbert said. “We owe a big thank you to the town of Silverthorne and to the mayor who always presents the check.”
The $2,000 grant was given to Silverthorne Elementary School through the town’s participation in the annual nonprofit grant cycle in Summit County.
In 2014, the town of Silverthorne awarded $29,000 in cash grants, as well as in-kind donations of town facilities, such as Silverthorne Pavilion, the Silverthorne Recreation Center and open space such as Rainbow, Trent and North Pond parks.