Waynesville R-VI School District’s Club TIGER Afterschool program received a large donation of books from the Scholastic Possible Fund. The Scholastic Possible Fund’s mission is to “Open a World of Possible” for all children. 

The fund was established to provide a single repository of new, quality children’s books to be donated to philanthropic partners that share Scholastic’s mission to improve global literacy and put books into the hands of children. They seek to improve access to books in underserved communities and to provide relief to places recovering from crises or natural disasters.

Sara Shelton, who serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and writes curriculum for the elementary school Club TIGER programs, reached out to Scholastic to see about getting books donated or at a discount price for some of her lesson plans.

In response, Scholastic donated 2,250 books, ranging from picture books like “Johnny Appleseed” to chapter books like “Memory Bank.”

“These books will help in the creation of activities for Club TIGER but will also promote literacy amongst our students,” Shelton said. “Due to the donation being larger than anticipated, there are more opportunities to promote literacy with the students in the school district.”

“We are very appreciative of Scholastic’s generous donation, and know the books will promote a love of reading within our schools,” said Todd Whalen, Community Resource Office director. “Ultimately, we hope to be able to use these resources to create reading-based welcome packages for new student enrollees, as well as reward incentives for our current Waynesville students.”


The Community Resource Office (CRO), under the direction of Todd Whalen, is a grant-supported department of the Waynesville R-VI School District that manages district volunteers, AmeriCorps school tutors, Club TIGER Afterschool Program, Snack in a Pack Program, college and career readiness, service learning and more. These programs are made possible by grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and Army Youth Programs in Your Neighborhood (AYPYN). For more information about the CRO Programs or how to get involved, contact (573) 842-2250 or community@waynesville.k12.mo.us.