Mayor Congratulates Ethel Phillips Students

Mayor of Sacramento congratulates our students

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson led the rallying chant, "Be nice! Work hard! Climb the mountain to college!"  It was the end of year celebration for Reading Partners students, volunteers, staff and parents at Ethel Phillips Elementary School. The program completed its first year on campus and has become a central part of our club's Ethel's Village project.

SIMS has really stepped into a role as “The Village” for children at this wonderful neighborhood school in South Sacramento. Students describe Soroptimists as “the ladies who do good things.” The scope of support we’ve provided is surprising, even for those of us most involved in this project. We’ve hosted or funded:

  • Reading Partners Program launch and on-going volunteer support
  • Soccer shoes and event support for Girls on the Run
  • Barnes & Noble book fair
  • Teacher “wish list” books for classroom reading groups 
  • Board games club
  • Science club
  • Knitting class
  • Gift certificates for every teacher to purchase books at the Friends of the Library’s Book Den
  • Volunteers for the annual Dr. Seuss Read Across America Day

The school year may be over, but The Village isn’t done. Plans are in the works for a Summer Reading Contest in partnership with the local public library. We will be challenging students to read books over summer break. There will be prizes for five students in each grade who read the most books. We’ll also award a prize to the class with the most participation in the contest.