• Orphan Train
    West Ada Reads 2015-2016 
    Book clubs build community
    West Ada School District is fortunate to be part of a caring community that supports literacy. To that end, West Ada School District and the Education Foundation are proud to be partnering with the Meridian Library District, Ada Community Libraries and the Eagle Public Library to engage the community in a West Ada Book Club for all ages. The 2015-2016 book club theme is Immigration and Migration: Finding Your Home. Using Christina Baker Kline’s book, Orphan Train, we will read and explore themes related to immigration and migration that are appropriate for all ages.

    Readers will explore the history of Orphan Trains in the U.S., immigration, migration and what it takes to assimilate into a new place to call home. Planned programming includes West Ada immigrant students sharing their personal stories with their peers, Ellis Island simulations, community gardens, and rich discussions of the books themselves. Programming will be provided by not only the city/county libraries, but also our school libraries, culminating with an author visit by Christina Baker Kline in March of 2016.


    Sponsor a Classroom or a Book FOR NEXT YEAR'S READING PROJECT! 
    • Elementary Classroom- $244
    • Elementary Books - $7 to $10
    • Middle School Classroom- $310
    • Middle School Books- $7- $10
    • High School Classroom- $678
    • High School Books- $8- $10

    Donate online: Education Foundation of the West Ada School District  or send a check to West Ada Education Foundation- Attn: Book Project 1303 E Central Drive Meridian Idaho 83642 

    Idaho Humanities Council  

Donate Here

    Donate to the Education Foundation of the West Ada School District.
    In the description area, designate your donation.
    There are great tax benefits to donating.
    If you are registering for an event (like the Retiree Continental Brunch) please put that in the description area.  
    Call 208.350.5039 with any questions. 
    Pick a classroom, school, donate to field trips, or donate to a program of your choice.
    We accept: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Diners Club, JCB, Debit 
    Vis Discover
    There is approximately a 3% credit fee.
    If you choose, you can send a check to:
    Education Foundation
    1303 East Central Drive Meridian, ID 83642  

    2014-2015 7th grade All Read Project 
    In an effort to support an integrated approach to literacy, West Ada School District found funding to support an all-district seventh grade read and play performance during the spring of 2015.  The book, The Children Of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen, is an inspirational true story Golabek’s mother, Lisa Jura, during World War II.  Miss Jura was a young Jewish girl in Vienna who dreamed of being a concert pianist.  Her dreams were destroyed when Germans took over Austria and Miss Jura’s parents sent her away on one of the last Kindertransport trains in an effort to save her life.  Miss Jura left behind her family and her music.  The book tells the story of how Miss Jura, in spite of her great losses, found inspiration in her music, and was helped by people to continue her study of the piano.  Miss Jura was able to use her music to help her, and other refugees, survive one of the worst events in history.  

    We provided a book for every 7th grade classroom in the district to read, and then we brought Mona Golabek, also a concert pianist, to the district in the spring to perform her one woman show, the Pianist of Willesden Lane.  This project served almost 3,000 students, providing an inspirational learning experience that integrates literacy, music and social studies.   For specific information about the book and play, please visit http://holdontoyourmusic.org/play.html.

    The project was paid for by wonderful donors to the Education Foundation of the West Ada School District.