Wonder of Reading Names Hollingworth Elementary Principal Miriam Kim As Their First Educator of the Year WEST COVINA, CA – November 19, 2009 – Rowland Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Maria Ott is proud to announce that Hollingworth Elementary Principal Miriam Kim has just been named “Educator of the Year” by The Wonder of Reading organization. The non-profit foundation dedicated to inspiring in children the love of reading by implementing literacy initiatives and renovating school libraries with school partners, will present to Kim a grant for $5,000 on December 2. “I was so surprised and honored to be the first recipient of this award,” said Kim. “I plan to use the funds for professional development opportunities for my school team.” A group of teachers from Hollingworth wrote and submitted the grant application this past summer. They wrote that Kim creates, cultivates, and fosters a love for reading and learning in the children at Hollingworth through a number of reading programs, incentives, and her own personal involvement. It was due to Kim’s diligence and determination that Hollingworth became the first school selected for a Wonder of Reading Library to open in the Rowland Unified School District, back in April of 2007. Since it has opened, Kim has invested the much needed funds and time to ensure that all community members could have access to the library one to two times a week in the evening. Families and students have computers with internet access and take part in literacy activities lead by the school’s beloved librarian Mrs. Placencio to develop their love of reading. Community members who never had a library card are given the opportunity to receive a Hollingworth library card so they can check books out and enjoy them at home. Extending the power of the library, Kim had a reading garden created adjacent to the school building to give the students a safe and peaceful sanctuary. The garden and working fireplace found in the library were purposely put in so that all students, no matter their background could have access to as many life experiences as possible. Hollingworth teachers also praise the support they receive by Kim in research-based practices and strategies focused on literacy and the use of student data. The school was also just named the first Turn Around Schools – No Excuses University in the San Gabriel Valley. “No Excuses University” is a network of elementary, middle, and junior high schools across the United States that actively promotes a comprehensive model of college readiness to all students the moment they begin elementary school and Hollingworth embraces the philosophy that all students can succeed. The Wonder of Reading organization is a non-profit foundation that focuses on three primary objectives: renovating school libraries, restocking the libraries with new books, and implementing literacy initiatives and support programs at partner schools. For more information, please visit www.wonderofreading.org
Hollingworth Elementary is proud to be a two-time California Distinguished School and a nationally recognized NCLB school as well. It is located at 3003 E. Hollingworth Street in West Covina. Principal Miriam Kim can be reached at (909)598-3661.
*Photo of Miriam Kim and Hollingworth Librarian Karen Placencio.