After Rodgers Forge Elementary School students recently met their reading Incentive goals, Vice-principal Michele Rowland and Principal and Missy Fanshaw made good on their promise to take part in a contest to bob for fish, participate in a talent contest and a pie-eating contest. The principal took first and vice-principal was first runner-up in the competition.
After Rodgers Forge Elementary School students recently met their reading Incentive goals, Vice-principal Michele Rowland and Principal and Missy Fanshaw made good on their promise to take part in a contest to bob for fish, participate in a talent contest and a pie-eating contest. The principal took first and vice-principal was first runner-up in the competition. (Submitted photo)

Rodgers Forge Elementary School students participated in a month-long reading incentive program from Jan. 9 to Feb. 12.The theme, "Take a Road Trip with Reading," aimed at encouraging students to read a combined 100,000 minutes in 30 days. That equates to 3,333 minutes a day. For every class that read 1,000 minutes, they earned a paper car to place on the "road" outside their classroom.

In addition, to accompany the road trip theme, each students in each classroom decorated their door to represent a different state with teachers posting interesting facts about their chosen state. For example, Texas is the largest state, the Black-eyed Susan is Maryland's official flower and Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote (earning it the nickname, The Equality State).

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The students did an exceptional job in not just achieving their goal of 100,000 minutes but far exceeding it! Students read for a total of 136,350 minutes. Impressive! They surpassed their goal by more than 36 percent, students read for 4,545 minutes per day and each child logged 323 minutes on average.

Jon Tolerton's class won the Most Minutes award with 18,000 minutes. To celebrate their reading accomplishment, students participated in a state fair and cheered on their principal, Missy Fanshaw, and vice-principal, Michele Rowland, in state fair events such as a bobbing for fish (usingrubber fish), a Ravens/Orioles dress-up crab walk, a Preakness hat-decorating race and a talent performance (Mrs. Fanshaw played the flute and Mrs. Rowland, the recorder). The ladies were tied. Enter the pie-eating contest. Mrs. Fanshaw was crowned Mrs. Maryland and Mrs. Rowland was given a first runner-up ribbon.And the students are well on the road to becoming lifelong lovers of books.

Across York Road, Cub Scout Pack 352 held its annual Pinewood Derby on Feb. 7 at Idlewylde Hall. Twenty-three cars were entered in the competition — each car uniquely designed by a Cub Scout from the Stoneleigh, Anneslie, Wiltondale, Idlewylde, Loch Hill and Knollwood-Donnybrook neighborhoods.

After several thrilling heats, the winners were crowned: First place, Jack Wischhusen; second: Elliot Palmer; third, Silas Quick; fourth, C. Paul Zeithaml.

In addition, awards were given for "People's Choice" categories, such as Fastest-Looking Car and Best Video-Game Themed Car, among others. Also, beginning in March, area Scouts will participate in "Scouting for Food" month. Cub Scouts will drop off donation bags on porches around Towson to request non-perishable food donations that they will return and pick up off your porch. So keep an eye on your doorknob for the opportunity to help others less fortunate.

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