Students win pizza and popsicles from Read-a-Thon

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Kindergarten student Josh Wolfe, with Patti Divelbiss, chair of the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library's Capital Campaign, raised the most money in the recently ended Greencastle-Antrim Read-a-thon to benefit the library's planned expansion and renovation. He was given a gift certificate to Mikie's. He is the son of Duane and Becky Wolfe of Greencastle.

The Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library’s Read-a-Thon, held in the Greencastle-Antrim School District’s elementary and middle schools, ended with “winning” students enjoying pizza and popsicles, hearing stories read by “Two Nuts & A Bolt” and lots of fun. Of course, all the students who took part in the fundraiser were “winners” because they read many books and their reading earned many dollars.

The fundraising effort ended with more than $4,970 added to the library’s capital campaign for renovation and expansion of the East Baltimore Street building. The project to raise $1.2 million will continue over the next few years; to date about $450,000 has been donated through fundraising and donations by community members who want to see the building upgraded and become accessible to all people.

Hillary Kuhn’s second grade class was the first to celebrate with their pizza and popsicles. They read for 66 1⁄2 hours, the highest total for a classroom. Following their lunch, that also included apple slices and apple juice, Russ and Dody Clever, aka “Two Nuts & A Bolt”, read “You Read to Me, And I’ll Read to You”. Russ’s dog Spot (so-called due to the fact that being invisible, he is very hard to spot) did some tricks to which the children all shouted “hurray!” at the “owner’s” urging.

Next was a move to the classroom of Heather Baer. This was truly kindergarten 101 (their room number) for these classmates who had the highest total in money given, over $1,000. The pizza, on this day, was donated by Tony’s Pizza of Greencastle; and the popsicles were donated by Kline’s Grocery in Shady Grove.

Josh Wolfe, son of Duane and Becky Wolfe, and a member of the kindergarten class, was the highest earner in the fundraiser. He was given gift certificates to treat his family to a meal at Mikie’s.

The elementary students who read for the most hours and raised the most money will be treated to their special meal Dec. 2. Their food will be donated by Papa John’s Pizza and Sunnyway Foods. The guest readers that day will be Virginia “Ginny” Hengst and her dog Domino, and Dr. Greg Hoover, superintendent of schools.

At the middle school Kindles were given to Montana Scott, 8th grade, and to Annabelle McCullough, 6th grade, by campaign chair Patti Divelbiss. The Kindles were donated by Reed Machinery, owned by Alan and Linda Reed; and by Wayne and Sharon Baumbaugh.

Head Start students who participated in the Read-a-Thon, but did not do fundraising, will be treated to a popsicle party donated by Food Lion.

Russ and Dody Clever, “Two Nuts & A Bolt”, entertained the second-grade students in Mrs. Kuhn’s classroom Nov. 18 when their pizza and popsicle party was held. They were the guest readers as part of the celebration for the class that read the most total in hours; then they moved to Mrs. Baer’s kindergarten class. Those students raised the most money for the Besore Library’s plans to renovate and expand.