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All students at Meridian and East Side receive free books through program

Monday, February 21, 2005

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When Jaclynn Moore, an 11-year-old from Mrs. Schuck's fourth grade class, visited the Meridian Elementary School library, she knew she was going to be receiving a free book, but she didn't think she'd walk away with a second.

Every student could select a book for themselves, but only one student from each class who randomly chose a slip of paper with the librarian's initials on it could go back for seconds.

"I like to read," Moore said as she moved books around trying to find her second selection.

She said her favorite books are about Junie B. Jones and the second book she picked was "Junie B. Jones Smells Something Funny."

Marian Harrison is the Library Media Specialist for Meridian and East Side schools and organizes the event that takes places three times a year.

"Since we've started this 15 years ago, we've given away a lot of books," Harrison said.

During those 15 years, the pair of schools have received a grant from the Reading is Fundamental program. Three-fourths of the money used to purchase these books, ranging from Harry Potter to biographies on Abraham Lincoln, are supplied by the grant and one-fourth is paid by the PTO.

"We spend every bit of it on books and then give them away," Harrison said.

Research shows that the earlier a child is better off who reads or is read to, she said.

Jordan Mundy, 12, chose "True Stories About Abraham Lincoln" Friday. Mundy said he selected the book because his class has been studying Lincoln and he likes that Lincoln helped abolish slavery.

He said he was happy to get a free book, "Because you don't have to pay for them or keep them at school."

Phillip Lalen, 10, agreed with Mundy that it's nice to get something for free. Lalen chose "Freedom's Wing: Corey's Underground Railroad Diary." He said the book is about a boy who ran away from slavery.

Lalen said he also appreciates Lincoln. "I think he done the right thing (abolishing slavery)."

Heaven Clawson, 10, picked "Junie B. Jones: First Grade Toothless Wonder."

"I haven't ever read this book before, but I've read all the other Junie B. Jones books before," Clawson said.

After the children selected their books they received an Arthur bookmark and a book plate to remember the day and who the book belongs to. Then they followed a diagram teaching them how to draw the Arthur character.

Harrison said the program has been a success. "It's a wonderful program I'm glad we can do this," she said.

She hopes that funding will continue next year and for future years. belongs to. Then they followed a diagram teaching them how to draw the Arthur character.

Harrison said the program has been a success. "It's a wonderful program. I'm glad we can do this," she said.

She hopes that funding will continue next year and for future years.



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