Student volunteers rewarded with trip to Orioles game...

READING DIGEST

May 14, 2000

Student volunteers rewarded with trip to Orioles game

Baltimore County students who raised thousands of dollars for the county school system's Even Start family literacy program through a reading challenge were honored by the Orioles with tickets for Friday's game, while top fund-raisers got the opportunity to meet an Orioles player.

Children from 22 elementary schools and three middle schools took part in the Reading Makes Centsfund-raiser, collecting pledges and met reading goals. County officials said about 125 children raised at least $100 each, and about 50 children raised at least $150 each. Timonium Elementary School third-grader Matt Keadle was the top fund-raiser, bringing in $580.

Even Start provides services to families where at least one adult is in need of basic educational services.

County employees read kids' books for broadcast

ELLICOTT CITY - County employees are pitching in to read children's stories on the local government cable channel Gtv, under a program called "Book Nook," launched May 1.

Each employee will read aloud a children's picture book in front of a studio camera, each book related to the worker's job. For example, Steve Parker, tree maintenance supervisor for the highways department, will read "Once Upon a Tree," by Natalia Romanova.

The program airs at 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Reading in Reisterstown exceeds 1 million minutes

REISTERSTOWN - Pupils at Reisterstown Elementary School read more than 1 million minutes during the school's recent Reading Into the Millennium program, with most of the school's 550 pupils logging 2,000 minutes or more individually.

To honor that achievement, the school held a celebration May 4 featuring state Del. Robert A. Zirkin, an Owings Mills Democrat; Baltimore County police Col. M. Kim Ward; and volunteers from the Red Robin Restaurant, the school's corporate partner.

Top pupil readers were honored with trophies and certificates.

Libraries seek children for summer reading effort

ANNAPOLIS - Anne Arundel County library branches are recruiting children ages 12 to 14 to help with the library system's summer reading program, "Reading Rhythms," which will be held from June 12 to July 28.

Volunteers register children for the program, organize and distribute registration packets, restock book displays, help with craft projects and assist staff with events.

Hours are flexible. Information is available from county library headquarters, 410-222-7371.

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