JPS 3rd Graders Receive Books from Nila Webster

Thanks to the generous donation of author Nila Webster, all Jamestown Public Schools third graders received a copy of her new book right before the holiday break. The book, The Magic of Moonlight, is about unconditional love, friendship, kindness to animals and being positive. The book’s message was so inspirational to third graders at Lincoln Elementary School that they decided to donate “wish list” items to the Chautauqua County Humane Society.

“We were, once again, very honored that Ms. Webster selected JPS students to receive her latest book,” said Lincoln Elementary School Principal Katie Russo. “Because of the strong connection to animals in the story, our third grade teachers and students decided to partner up with the Humane Society to collect donations and supplies for the shelter animals. This way our way of ‘paying it forward’ after being the recipients of Ms. Webster’s generosity.”

The Chautauqua County Humane Society appreciated the students’ efforts.

“It’s amazing and so special to CCHS when we receive donations of any kind but when the children of our communities go out and collect on our behalf, that’s even more special. These donations are the epitome of how generous and gracious our community is, from adults all the way down to our youth,” said Hannah Braun-Raynor, Chautauqua County Humane Society’s Community Relations Director.

Ms. Webster donated over 400 books to JPS third graders this year. This is the third year Ms. Webster has donated to JPS elementary schools with well over 2,000 of her books given to our students. Ms. Webster donates her books to students throughout the country.

“It is a privilege and honor to receive these beautiful books for our students in the Jamestown Schools,” said Tina Sandstrom, JPS Director of Schools. “Ms. Webster continues to model the importance of selflessly giving and paying forward kindness to others and we are grateful to her.”

Ms. Webster plans to give another book, on poetry, to JPS first graders in the spring in honor of National Poetry Month.

posted on 01/09/2017 - filed under: Academics, Community, ELA, Spotlight, Students