Pupils read books to make principal give a kiss to a pig NORTHWEST

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October 01, 1992|By JUDY REILLY

Northwest Middle School principal Bronson Jones has promised to kiss a pig when his students complete 500,000 minutes of extra reading this fall.

His promise is part of a motivational scheme to get students to enjoy reading, and to read more often, according to the school's reading specialist, Nancy Beimler.

Ms. Beimler has challenged the students to "read across the country," starting in Oregon and ending in New Jersey. Each part of the route represents 100,000 minutes of reading.

When the kids "cross" the Mississippi, Mr. Jones will kiss the pig.

Ms. Beimler's inspiration for the project came from Ann Diviney, a New Oxford, Pa., resident who walked across America. She shared her adventures with Northwest students recently.

The ultimate reading goal for this school year is 1 million minutes of reading squeezed in during spare moments of the school day. No time for spit balls!

Watch this space for progress reports.

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Francis Scott Key High School will be host to a Festival of Bands Saturday, Oct. 10, at 6:00 p.m. Ten bands from the Mid-Atlantic region will participate. Francis Scott Key High School's band, will perform theme music from the movies "Hook" and "Robin Hood."

"The kids are working very hard this year, and they sound great," said festival chairman and Key band parent Carol Smith. Tickets XTC are $5 for adults, $3 for school-age children and senior citizens.

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No need to go hungry this weekend! An all-you-can-eat turkey and oyster dinner is this Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. at the Taneytown Firemen's Activities Building on Memorial Drive. Cost is $8.50 for adults, $4 for ages 5-12, free for kids under 5. The public dinner is sponsored by the United Church of Christ. For additional information, contact 756-2302.

* Attention, Northwest Carroll readers: If you know about interesting events or celebrations, if you or your neighbors did something out of the ordinary, or if you know anything else that's noteworthy, please call me at 857-1567.

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