The New London Public Schools, in partnership with the Garde Arts Center, New London Youth Affairs and the New London Education Foundation are sponsoring

Passport to Literacy,

an exciting initiative for all third grade students in the NLPS.

Through this initiative, students are encouraged to nurture their “love of reading.”

Passport to Literacy at a glance:

  • Each 3rd grade class will receive an assortment of books.
  • All 3rd grade students will be presented with a “passport”.
  • Each 3rd grade student will be asked to read 4 books in 4 weeks.
  • Students will select a book to read and then trade it in for a new book each week.
  • Each time a student completes a book, the student will advise their teacher. The teacher will verify that students have completed each book and sign the appropriate location on the “passport.” Additional space is available on the passports for students who go above and beyond and read two additional books.

At the end of the Passport to Literacy initiative, each student will be able to choose their favorite book or one they have not read to take home and own!

All 3rd grade students who reach the goal will be rewarded with a free pass for themselves and two family members to a presentation at the Garde.


ADDITIONALLY:  One 3rd grade student from each elementary school will be chosen from the students who have meet the goal, by their teachers, to receive a scholarship to participate in the Summer on Stage production of their choice!  This scholarship will provide the selected students with an unforgettable summer theatre experience. These students will take classes in acting, movement, stagecraft makeup and participate as actors, singers, dancers, stagehands and assistant directors in an original large-cast musical on the Garde stage. This student must read the required number of books.



Questions:  Val Tamano at or

860.625.3768 if you have any questions.


Passport to Literacy Partners

Supported in part by: