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Five Valley schools each earn $5,000

September 06, 2001|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

Five schools in the Imperial Valley recently earned $5,000 each as part of the Governor's Reading Award Program.

The schools are Pine School in the Holtville Unified School District, Mulberry Elementary School near Brawley, Westmorland School and Wilson Junior High and McKinley Elementary in the El Centro Elementary School District.

Students from kindergarten through eighth grade, in competition with other schools in similar socioeconomic circumstances, are eligible to earn $5,000 for their school by reading the greatest number of pages in their category. Students from 54 participating counties in the last year read a total of 1,081,276,410 pages.

Cathy Denton, principal at Pine School, said: "Many of the students have told me that they are planning on reading even more pages this year. Pine's success is also due to the dedication and encouragement of all our teachers who have supported this reading contest as one of the many ways in which students can improve reading skills."


According to Deborah Thornburg, the eighth-grade teacher at Pine School, the students have already been checking out books and plan on doing even more reading this year.

"We are thrilled that Pine students earned the $5,000 Governor's Reading Award Program. That money will help us to buy even more books for our library," Thornburg said.

At Pine, a committee of teachers, school staff, site council members program coordinators, parents and students will determine how the grant will best benefit the school and its students.


Schools and pages read

Pine - 514,240

Mulberry - 228,347

Westmorland - 665,234

Wilson - 1,562,982

McKinley - 1,851,894

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