Luminary Sales Illuminate American History in Bedford Schools

Andrea Salipante (l) shows some of the books purchased through the Bedford Minuteman Scholarship Trust for Lane School as Cal Carpenter (c) and Paul Ciaccia (r) look on

For the third year, the Bedford Minuteman Scholarship Trust’s annual holiday luminary sale is going on to illuminate American history for Bedford’s elementary and middle school students. The sales support a growing book collection, now in its third year.

Selected by Andrea Salipante for students up to grade 5, and for the first time this year by Jennifer Rabold for grades 6 to 12, the collection supports curriculum standards and falls broadly into the categories of social studies and geography.

Early this year, president of the Trust, Paul Ciaccia, and Cal Carpenter, its treasurer, met with Salipante at the Job Lane School to review this year’s additions to the elementary school collection.

As a ‘full inclusion’ school department, it is important for teachers to reach students at their entry point. “[The collection] offers wonderful variety,” said Salipante. “We are able to match a student’s reading level with their capacity and interest.”

The collection includes mentor texts that can be used by teachers to support specific projects, as well as book sets for use in small group settings.

Salipante noted that the collection is diversified to include nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and short stories at different reading levels. “We are overjoyed,” she concluded.

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