Alex White, a Texas Master Gardener, presented a program “Plants are Important – So Let’s Protect Them,” and Norman Hirsch, a Texas Master Naturalist, presented a program about burrowing animals.
Youth had the opportunity to “touch and feel” live earthworms. In addition to the educational programs, the youth enjoyed games, crafts and a potato chip tasting test.
The goals of the Texas Reading Program are to encourage children to read for pleasure, to help them maintain and improve their reading skills, to encourage them to become lifelong readers and library users, and to establish reading as a foundation for academic success.
At the end of the five-week program, the children were treated to a party. The highlight of the party was the entertainment of Mr. Kippy.
The 50 youth who participated thoroughly enjoyed the skits, and the stories he read that “came to life.”
A new treat this year was the special appearance of WhataGuy, What-aburger restaurant’s mascot. WhataGuy treated the kids to cookies, fruit chews and meal coupons.
The top two readers overall were Madison Williamson and Cadence Wills.
Madison was awarded a Nook E-Reader, and Cadence was awarded a Barnes & Noble gift card of the same value, donated by Devon Energy Corporation. The top two readers from the morning group were Emily Nance and Bianca Jimenez, who were awarded bicycles donated by Stanley Tuttle.
The top two readers from the afternoon group were Audrie Byerly and Bryce Santa, who were awarded bicycles donated by Pete Amador.
Youth who read books and turned in a reading log were awarded Hurricane Alley water park tickets donated by Devon Energy Corporation: Justin Byerly, Layne Cisneros, Liliana Cisneros, Adam Dominguez, Darrin Dominguez, Jazlynn Garza, Myra Perez, Lia Ramirez, and Parker Smith. The total number of books read by youth who turned in reading logs was 261.
Perfect attendance awards were also presented to the following: Adam Dominguez, Darrin Dominguez, Jazlynn Garza, Kieler Haas, Jayden Jackson, Bianca Jimenez, Emily Nance, Myra Perez, Lia Ramirez, Bryce Santa, Parker Smith, L-Emay Thompson, Sandy Kay Thompson, and Cadence Wills. They received a $20 Dairy Queen gift card donated by Devon Energy.
Sponsors of the Summer Reading Program were Devon Energy Corporation, Stanley Tuttle, Pete Amador, First National Bank of Woodsboro, Louis Willeke, Sheriff Robert Bolcik, Service Junction, Anderson Ag Supply, Andy and Syliva Lopez, Veronica Solis, Sandra Cockroft, and Lynn Saylor. Awards, supplies and refreshments were made possible by these generous donations.
All readers who participated in the Texas Reading Club were awarded Dig Into Reading certificates, plus food coupons donated by Dairy Queen and Whataburger.
Volunteers are vital to the success of the Summer Reading Program. A special thank you to the adults who donated their time and talents to this summer program: Dee Anna Cobb, Theresa Fagan, Leslie Garza, Rosemary Lara, and Patsy Perez. And a special thank you to the youth who volunteered: Clara Aguirre, Ivy Byerly, Anthony McGuill, Morgan Klaevemann, and Felicia Wills.
Also an extended special thank you to Phyllis Hayes for devoting countless hours to providing fun, educational programs, and also to Mrs. Piwetz and Mrs. Henderson for their devoted help in ensuring the programs ran smoothly.