In Baltimore County Elmwood pupils use theme of `Oz' to...

Reading Digest

April 09, 2000

In Baltimore County

Elmwood pupils use theme of `Oz' to boost reading

ROSEDALE -- It's more slapstick than "Wizard of Oz," but pupils at Elmwood Elementary School are looking forward to April 26, when the two who have read the most minutes in each grade will throw pies in the faces of Principal Sharon Attaway and Vice Principal Peggy Schafer.

The event is part of the school's "Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Good Reading" contest, in which each grade represents a character in the movie "The Wizard of Oz" and moves along the Yellow Brick Road as the number of minutes they read increases. Pupils have read more than 700,000 minutes.

Joppa View pupils join yearlong reading program

WHITE MARSH -- Pupils at Joppa View Elementary School are participating in a yearlong reading program called Book Adventure.

The program, created by the Sylvan Learning Center, allows pupils to log on to Sylvan's site on the World Wide Web and answer questions about a book they have read recently. Pupils select books from a list provided by Sylvan. Points are awarded to pupils for correct answers, and teachers can check each pupil's progress.

Pupils at Joppa View have been challenged to read 10,000 books this school year. If they succeed, Principal Russell Jones will take a ballet lesson in a tutu in front of the pupils. Information: 410-887- 5065.

In Baltimore City

Gwynns Falls library adds award-winning books

Gwynns Falls Elementary School has stocked its library with award-winning children's books, courtesy of a $5,000 gift for the 10th anniversary of Crestar's Reach for a Star reading program.

Readers from Crestar Bank visit the school each month to read books to prekindergarten and kindergarten pupils.

Books purchased with the gift were drawn from several lists of prize winners, including the Coretta Scott King Award and Honors Book List, and lists from the International Reading Association and the Children's Book Council.

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