SBR Woodworkers Support Young Readers

These Ray Elementary first grade students were among the proud recipients of newly built wooden bookcases and two new books.

Each year SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) funds a grant to provide first graders at Ray Elementary School in Kearny, AZ with a wooden bookcase and two new books. The funding also provides for each child to receive two additional books in second and again in third grade to store on their bookcase. These bookcases are so well made that many high school students say that they are still using them. This program is especially important in a community where many children live in homes without books.

For many years, the Rotary Club of Kearny helped to finance and construct the bookcases. When the Rotary Club backed away from the program, SBCO worked with local woodworking/shop class students to built the bookcases. Then prisoners in Florence were paid to build them. Now, for the past four years, members of the SaddleBrooke Ranch Wood Workers Club have volunteered their talent and time to build these beautiful, sturdy bookcases.

The SaddleBrooke Ranch woodworkers who built bookcases for young readers in Kearny are (L to R) Dale Lythjohan, Dan Carter, Tony Manza, Sam Rossi, Jeff Hansen, Russ Hardy, Jim Lindley, Barry Milner, Mark Prose, and John Gordon.

The club members worked at the Ranch woodshop to build 33 bookcases that were delivered in May to delighted students. SBCO is grateful to the residents of SaddleBrooke Ranch who so generously contribute their skills and resources to support this and other SBCO programs.