Chesapeake Bay Middle offers more reasons to read

NEIGHBORS

March 08, 2002|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CHESAPEAKE BAY Middle School has kicked off its latest reading incentive contest for pupils.

The Read Across America contest, which began last week and runs through the month, rewards pupils for individual efforts and recognizes classroom teams that read the most books.

"We found that our students had slacked off a little on their independent reading at home," said Peg Sange, reading resource teacher. "Celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday last Friday was a great excuse for a new contest. We just expanded the Read Across America Day concept a little."

To enter the contest, pupils read books, fiction or nonfiction, on their own. After finishing the books, kids can get book forms from school, obtain a parent signature on the form and turn it into their language arts teacher.

A pupil who reads four books and turns in a completed form will receive a Baysox bookmark, good for two free tickets to the April 19 Bowie Baysox minor league baseball game.

The top 10 readers in each grade will be invited to a lunchtime pizza party next month. A winning team from each grade will be treated to frozen delights at an ice cream social.

Pupils also can participate in a Tuesday Trivia contest, with a free soda at lunch as the prize.

"We will be giving trivia clues on Tuesday morning announcements," Sange said. Children who correctly identify the book title from the trivia clues will be entered in lunchtime drawings for free sodas.

"We hope that this contest will be fun and promote reading," she said.

Principal Gary Williams said, "The more our students read, the better readers they become. That is the key to their success."

Information: 410-437-2400.

Missions conference

Mount Carmel United Methodist Church is holding its 17th annual missions conference through March 23.

Guest speakers will address the congregation on church-supported missions.

Today at 7 p.m., missionaries Miguel Mairena and Nan McCurdy from Managua, Nicaragua, will present a talk in the fellowship hall. Dessert will follow the presentation.

The church is at 4760 Mountain Road.

Information: 410-255-8887.

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