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Baker Elementary School was named Project Cornerstone's 2017 Caring School Climate Award Winner!  
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Project Cornerstone’s ABC Reader Program 2016 - 2017

(ABC = Asset Building Champion)

What is an ABC Reader?

ABC Reader is Project Cornerstone’s literature-based program with 6,092 parent volunteers reading to 65,207 youth at 215 Silicon Valley schools.  Baker served as a pilot school for the ABC Reader program and this year marks our 12th year as an ABC Reader school.

ABC Readers are parent volunteers that visit classrooms each month to read a selected book followed by a discussion and activity centered around important life skills such as:

          • Empathy
          • Confidence
          • Peaceful Conflict Resolution
          • Integrity
          • Acceptance
          • Tolerance
          • Perseverance

All students, from our kindergarteners to our 5th graders, are read the same monthly book resonating a single message school-wide.  This creates a common language and set of expectations that lead to a more caring, positive school climate.


ABC Reader Books for 2016 – 2017

  • Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
  • My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig
  • Don’t Laugh at Me by Steve Seskin
  • The Blue Day Book for Kids by Bradley Trevor Greive
  • Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan
  • Rene Has Two Last Names by Rene Colato Lainez
  • Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
  • The OK Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal


Is Becoming An ABC Reader Right For You?  It is, if you . . .

  • Love working with children in a classroom setting.
  • Enjoy reading books out loud.
  • Are comfortable leading discussions and activities in the classroom.
  • Communicate well with children and adults.


What is the Monthly Time Commitment?

  • Read monthly book and lead discussion, September through May (45 – 60 minutes)
  • Attend monthly book training - held on campus (60 minutes)
  • Personal monthly prep time (20-30 minutes)


What do I need to do to become an ABC Reader?

  • Contact Vickie Miyaoka, Baker ABC Reader Lead, to see if there are openings (
  • Complete a Project Cornerstone volunteer application