Funds from local business to support Young Adult Book Talk at Rolland-Warner

More than 100 students packed into the media center at Rolland-Warner on September 23 for Young Adult Book Talk.

On Monday, Farmhouse Family Restaurant in Lapeer started a weekly fundraiser to benefit students in the Lapeer Community Schools. In addition to Lapeer East and West high schools receiving 10 percent of sales between 4-8 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays (through December 27th), the Lapeer Community Schools have also been granted the same percentage of sales on Wednesdays.

With those funds, Lapeer Community Schools Superintendent Matt Wandrie has decided to support a tremendously popular reading program at Rolland-Warner Middle School’s YA (Young Adult) Café.

“This is a great opportunity for supporters of the Lapeer Community Schools to also support a local business that has made such a generous offer,” Wandrie said. “With their support, this great program will continue to inspire students to make reading a priority early in life.”

Each month during the school year the Young Adult Book Talk compels more than 100 students to come to school an hour early to learn about a great new book. Students are engaged in presentations by teachers, often clad in the attire of a character from the book being showcased, and are given opportunities to win copies of the book. If they aren’t so lucky, there’s always the chance to check it out of the media center.

“The YA Café is an idea that was started to establish a culture of literacy in our middle school,” said Jennifer Taylor, assistant principal at Rolland-Warner. “We want to instill the love of reading in our students, staff, parents, and community, and it starts by sharing some hot cocoa and listening to someone talk about a really good book.”

The Farmhouse is also offering a 10% discount (Monday through Thursday) to all LCS employees with a valid name badge.

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