Chesterton Elementary School Gets a One-Day School Make-Over

03 January 2012

We Give Books and Pearson people team up to provide one-day school “make over”

San Diego, CA — Chesterton Elementary School was selected from schools nationwide to receive the first-ever We Give Books school makeover.

On Tuesday, January 3, more than 200 Pearson people from around the country spent the day at Chesterton providing new learning materials, beautifying the school grounds, refreshing classrooms, and working with students and teachers on academic projects.

The day-long effort was an extension of the Pearson Foundation’s on-going We Give Books literacy program, which provides free hardcover and paperback books to children served by schools and non-profit community organizations through online reading campaigns at www.wegivebooks.org.

The Chesterton event was sponsored by Pearson Higher Education, which has adopted the We Give Books program as a way to come together and take part in local, hands-on projects that immediately benefit students and teachers.

Pearson people conducted a variety of school enhancement projects ranging from landscaping the school property, painting murals, assisting teachers in classrooms, and cleaning areas both on the inside and outside of the school. In addition, volunteers prepared care packages containing books and essential supplies for families in need.

In addition, the school received a brand new We Give Books library. Parents and teachers received complementary We Give Books online reading activation kits, with step-by-step instructions for activating the program’s growing library of free high-quality digital children’s books.

To kick off the day the entire school and the Pearson volunteers were greeted by principal Herb Delute, Pearson people, and Captain Scott Adams, Commanding Officer of Naval Base Point Loma and treated to a presentation by the Color Guard from U.S. Marine Corps HMH-462.

For more information:

Pamela Hosmer, Program Manager, Children & Youth in Transition, San Diego Unified School District, phosmer@sandi.net, (619) 725-7652

Kathleen VanDernoot, Pearson Foundation, Kathleen.VanDernoot@pearson.com, (617) 680-7173

About the Pearson Foundation

The Pearson Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning, and great teaching. The Pearson Foundation does this by collaborating with leading businesses, not-for-profits, and education experts to share good practice; foster innovation; and find workable solutions to the educational disadvantages facing young people and adults across the globe. For more information, visit www.pearsonfoundation.org.

About We Give Books

We Give Books is a digital initiative, created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation, that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online. We Give Books combines the joy of reading with the power of helping others, providing a platform for caregivers and educators to inspire children to become lifelong readers and lifelong givers. We Give Books also helps some of the world’s best, most inspiring, literacy organizations by spreading the word about their great work and by providing books to the young people these organizations support. www.wegivebooks.org

About Pearson

Pearson has as its mission to work side by side with states, districts, teachers, students and parents to ensure that every child is prepared for college and career (NYSE: PSO). www.pearsoned.com

About Chesterton Elementary

Chesterton Elementary School (Grades K-5) is located in the community of Linda Vista in San Diego, California (7335 Wheatley St., San Diego, 92111). It is part of the San Diego Unified School District.

Chesterton Elementary has approximately 500 students. Chesterton has 11 regular and five Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) classrooms. The school’s GATE program includes grades 3, 4 and 5.

A majority of students come from military families living in the Chesterton military housing. Through the Voluntary Enrollment Exchange Program (VEEP) and School Choice Program over 200 students choose to attend Chesterton, enriching the school’s cultural diversity.

About San Diego Unified School District

San Diego Unified serves nearly 132,000 students in pre-school through grade 12 and is the second largest district in California. The student population is extremely diverse, representing more than 15 ethnic groups and more than 60 languages and dialects.

Since its founding on July 1, 1854, the district has grown from a small, rented school building with one teacher to its current state—more than 225 educational facilities with 15,924 full-time equivalent employees. More than 6,600 teachers are in classrooms at the district’s various educational facilities, which include 107 traditional elementary schools, 11 K-8 schools, 24 traditional middle schools, 28 high schools, 45 charter schools, and 13 atypical/ alternative schools.