Students at the Becker primary and intermediate schools wrapped-up the annual February Read-a-Thon with a special gift from the Becker PTSA, a book which they could pick out and keep for their own. The project is called G.R.A.B. (Go Read a Book).
PTSA President Ann Olson 680 Primary School students from the school readiness classes through second grade and 735 Intermediate School students from third through fifth grade all received a book through the program this year.
Olson said that PTSA program chairperson Sue Johnson had donated many hours in shopping for books for the project to ensure that students had a wide variety of choice in authors, topics and levels of reading to choose from.
Classroom teachers and PTSA volunteers were on hand to assist students with their selections during the first week of March, Olson said. She quoted one excited fifth-grader as exclaiming: “You mean this book is free? Score!” PTSA volunteer Pauline Temple, a newcomer to the area, said that she “loved those little kids and all their smiles!”
Each book chosen was stamped with the PTSA logo, Olson said, and each reader received a G.R.A.B. bookmark to commemorate the occasion.