Hats off to the many schools in the Central Carroll area that have been celebrating reading during January.
Teachers, media specialists and administrators have been busy arranging a variety of activities that are helping students realize that reading is not only important but enjoyable.
At Robert Moton Elementary School, students in grades kindergarten through five have been spending January improving their independent reading skills.
The school has been operating under the theme "Elect to Read," and teachers have been conducting book campaigns comparable to those used by politicians.
Students have been participating in reading conventions highlighted by book talks and slogans promoting favorite books.
At the end of the month, each class will vote on its favorite book and enjoy a victory party.
A Reading Night, held last Friday, was the emphasis of reading month for students at Friendship Valley Elementary School.
The brand new school's first Reading Night included a variety of activities for parents and children at the school.
Reader's theater for children, storytelling, bookmark making, flannel board stories and sharing with parents were among the students' favorite activities.
"Little Red Riding Hood," "The Cat in The Hat" and "Paul Bunyan" were some storybook favorites that showed up at Sandymount Elementary School in mid-January.
Reading resource teacher Sandy Zebal organized the annual Character Dress-up Day, where students in first through fifth grade and their teachers chose favorite characters from children's literature in which to portray.
A menagerie of storybook characters paraded across the stage of the school's gym in an afternoon assembly for all grades to see.
The Character Dress-up Day is an animated activity that not only brings storybook personalities to life, but encourages students to read.
A read-a-thon for Multiple Sclerosis has been the focus of reading month for Uniontown Elementary students.
The goal for first- through fifth-graders has been to solicit sponsors who pledge to donate a certain amount of money for each book a student reads.
Students will participate in the read-a-thon until March 11. Then all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
Principal Robert Bonner has provided an incentive for students at Westminster Elementary School to become more frequent readers.
Mr. Bonner has challenged children in grades kindergarten through five to read a total of 250,000 minutes during their leisure time by the end of the month.
If they are successful, Mr. Bonner will roller blade through a day's worth of activities at the school.
Mr. Bonner's Roller Blade Reading Challenge has students stirring. Their total as of last week was 139,000 minutes. Go get 'em, kids!
After all that reading, no doubt a big appetite will follow.
This Saturday, grab mom, dad, sister, brother, grandma and grandpa and go get all the spaghetti you can eat at the Westminster Therapeutic Recreation Council's Spaghetti Bowl.
The food will flow at the Ag Center in Westminster with seatings at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dinner will include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and desserts.
The advance cost for adults is $5.50 and $4 for children age 10 and under. Tickets at the door will cost $1 more. Proceeds will go to benefit the 1993 Summer Youth Program, Camp KIC, Teen Scene and Camp Hoot, all programs sponsored by the Therapeutic Recreation Council.
Information: 848-7969 or 876-6031.