CSB Makes Donation

Kewanee Schools Foundation Gift

Community State Bank, together with mortgage partner Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, has awarded the Kewanee Schools Foundation $2,500 towards a reading program initiative for fifth grade students at Central School. 

The funds will be used to purchase books for students to analyze as they learn about the structures and visual elements authors use to convey complex ideas.  Students will also study argumentative writing—analyzing how authors provide evidence to support opinions. With the addition of these texts, this reading curriculum integrates science and social studies content with a focus on the Western Hemisphere and the role of multinational organizations. Throughout each unit, there is a literacy focus on point of view in literature, research, opinion writing, informative writing, and public speaking. 

In one of the books, “Promises to Keep:  How Jackie Robinson Changed America,” by Sharon Robinson, students will analyze Jackie Robinson as a specific example of an athlete who served as a leader who broke barriers in society.  Other texts include: “Investigating the Scientific Method with Max Axiom, Super Scientist,” by Donald B. Lemke; “The Boy Who Invented TV:  The Story of Philo Farsnworth,” by Kathleen Krull; and “Eight Days:  A Story of Haiti,” by Edwidge Danticat.

Community State Bank Personal Banker and Mortgage Lender, Michelle Costenson, from the Kewanee Tenney Street office, presented the funds to Principal Jason Anderson and Executive Director of the Kewanee Schools Foundation, Liz Breedlove.  Costenson said, “CSB is proud to present these funds to Central School.  Reading is such a fundamental skill for students at all levels and for employees in the workplace.  We are thrilled to support this innovative, interdisciplinary approach to reading education as teachers at Kewanee Central work to educate well-rounded students.”