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00=ch 12,2oo9 Students 4 Youth P; g 9 Tri-County News Kimball, MN KES students celebrate &apos;Reading' The "cast of characters" at the KES reading celebration included the Cat in the Hat, famous guitarist Slash, Miss Piggy, "Hannah Montana," and Chicken Little. The event had an "Oscar" awards theme. Many prizes were given to student readers. Delaine 7ongo received the giant stuffed bear donated by Go- hmann's Foods. Staff photos by Jacqui DuBois. By ]acqui DuBois, Staff Writer As a way to celebrate and moti- vate reading, the National Edu- cation Association (NEA) jump- started the Read Across America program on March 2, 1998 which also coincides with the popular children's author Dr. Seuss's birth- day." "Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating life- long successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school," says <>. Monday, March 2 Kimball Ele- mentary Celebrated their own ver- sion of Read Across America where teachers and several students dressed-up with feather boas and colorful wigs to the movie star theme. Students and a teacher from each grade level were selected to compete in each of the seven games for the chance to win an "Oscar" statue. Kindergarteners Zachary Holtz and Hunter Hickman stacked blocks as high as they could with- out them falling. First-graders Taylor Hamilton and Bailee Schiefelbein screamed in a screamingcontest.Second-graders Zachary Schiefelbein and Ath- ena Capes raced up and down the gym layering clothing in a clothes race. Third-graders Emily Laumer and Abby Schiefelbein threw wet sponges at teachers and Principal Clark's faces in a cardboard cut- out. Fourth-graders Andrew Mass- man and Austin Host competed to see who could hoola-hoop the lon- gest. Fifth-graders Denzel Ather- ton and Lauren Libbesmeier raced across the gym on tricycles. Sixth- graders Mckenzie Skaggs, Nicole Vossen, and Kristina Kastanak spun around a bat 10 times and shot basketballs into the hoop. Helping area families, 'one can at a time' Fifth-grade teacher Melissa Herrington competed against Lauren Libbesmeier in a tricycle race, one of several competitions during the 45-minute celebration. Students at Kimball Elemen- tary School helped collect nearly 1,000 items for the Kimball Area Food Shelf. This is the fifth year that KES Student Government held the food drive. Students from pre- school through sixth grade partic- ipated. The event kicked off with a "Souper" Bowl Feb. 2 in the KES gym. Students and staff partic- ipated in various food-related relays to get students motivated. The winning classroom, col- lecting the most items, was Mrs. Herrington's fifth-grade class. They won an ice cream sundae party. Pictured above are (back row) Ted Zipoy, Regan Dockery, Dani Helgeson, Madyson Gasper, Grace Kopitzke, and Food Shelf director 4-H Food Review and Demonstration Day "Quirky Quadropuses", "Tips for your Pane", "Trinity's Talking Turkey Sandwich", and "Build- ing Blocks of Reasons" are titles of food displays and demonstra- tions that Meeker County 4-H'ers will show at the annual 4-H Food Review and Demonstration Day Saturday morning, March 14. The event will be held at the Meeker County Family Services Cen- ter. Demonstrations will begin at 9:30 a.m. "Favorite Food" displays will also be ready for judging at 9:30 a.m. Winners of the competi- tion earn a trip to the 2009 Minne- sota State Fair. Anyone interested in seeing the 4-H'ers in action is cordially invited to attend. Awards will be given upon completion of judging. Mary Matthies; (front row) Taylor Schreiner, Madison Hurtle, and Jordan Dockery; not pictured are Ellen Arnold and Ariel Laabs. Staff photo by lean Doran Matua.