Telephone Pioneers Give Students ‘Me’ Books

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The Zane Grey Club, the Payson chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America, presented free copies of “A Book About Me” to all kindergarten students at Frontier Elementary School last week.

The books, which have a retail value of $20 each, are personalized readers that include each individual child’s own name; the names of two friends; the names of his or her school, teacher and principal, and the names of the town and state where the school is located.

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Frontier Elementary School kindergarten students Wayne Schmidt and Amber Smith receive personalized books that include their own names and those of their friends and teacher. Carole White made the presentation on behalf of the Zane Grey Club, the Payson chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

The child’s own name is actually mentioned 10 times throughout the book.

“The book helps young children develop a positive self-concept and an interest in reading,” said Carole White, vice president of the group, which is made up of retired telecommunications companies’ employees. She was joined at FES by Maggie Clayton, the organization’s president.

Research has shown that children begin to develop a self-concept between the ages of two and six, and that it is important for young children to experience positive home, school and community environments during these years.

In addition to personalization, “A Book About Me” also uses rhyme, colorful illustrations and other educationally sound techniques to make learning to read fun.

Each year, the Zane Grey Club presents books to several elementary schools in the area, including Julia Randall and Payson Elementary in addition to FES. This year, they also gave books to kindergarten students in Overgaard.

With 800,000 members, the Telephone Pioneers of America is the world’s largest industry related, not-for-profit organization.

Through this and other educational programs, Telephone Pioneers are helping to strengthen the quality of learning for young people.

For more information on “A Book About Me,” go to www.abookaboutme.org.

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