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Reading Digest

November 14, 1999

In Maryland

Baltimore pupils win reading contest kickoff

BALTIMORE -- A fourth-grade class at Thomas G. Hayes Elementary School in Baltimore won Maryland's Read Across America kickoff contest last week by reading 429 books in a month.

The contest -- sponsored by the Maryland State Teachers Association, Saturn and the United Auto Workers -- sought the elementary school class that could read the most books in a month. It was a prelude to the National Education Association's Read Across America Day on March 2, which marks the birth of Dr. Seuss.

For winning the contest, the class received a pizza party and visited the Saturn of York Road dealership in Lutherville on Tuesday to learn about cars. Saturn gave a Dr. Seuss book to each pupil and $500 for books and supplies to the teacher, Barbara Pryor-Hicks.

Zoo offers reading, craft workshops for toddlers

Children ages 2 and 3 can have stories read to them and take part in craft workshops at the Baltimore Zoo's Animal Tales Series this winter.

The first classes, featuring the book "Imogene's Antlers," will be from 10: 30 a.m. to 11: 15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 19, at the zoo in Druid Hill Park. Cost for zoo members is $10 for a parent and child. Cost for nonmembers is $15 for a parent and child, not including zoo admission.

Information and reservations: 410-396-6164.

MS Society seeks students to read books in fund-raiser

HUNT VALLEY -- The Maryland Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is seeking students and schools to take part in the group's annual MS READaTHON fund-raising effort in December, January and February.

Readers participating in the campaign collect pledges from friends and family for each book they read over a four-week period. They are eligible for prizes to be awarded toward the end of the school year.

Schools and individuals may register by calling the National MS Society, Maryland Chapter at 410-527-1770 or 800-FIGHT-MS.

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