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Weirton Elementary kicks off reading program

READING PROGRAM LAUNCHED — Weirton Elementary School hosted an assembly Monday morning, with pupils, faculty, staff and other special guests to celebrate the launch of this year’s “Read to me Weirton” program. Over the next 22 days, pupils will be reading “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White. The program will end March 15. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — Pupils at Weirton Elementary School are about to embark on a literary adventure as part of an annual reading program.

Pupils, faculty staff and other guests gathered at the school Monday morning for an assembly and to reveal the title of this year’s book.

The program is similar to those held in previous years, but with a few changes.

“This is a new name,” Assistant Principal Derek VanDyke explained. “We are now ‘Read to me Weirton.'”

This year, pupils will be reading “Charlotte’s Web,” by E.B. White.

“When I was your age, I read this book,” VanDyke explained to the pupils. “I’ve loved it ever since.”

The book, first published in 1952, tells the story of a pig named Wilbur who befriends a spider named Charlotte. As part of the unveiling, the assembly included a skit, designed by kindergarten teacher Dolly Kidd, as well as performances by the Weir High School cheerleaders and drum line.

Principal Frank Carey noted the program will last for 22 days, with pupils tasked with reading a chapter of the book each night. Pupils will be given a reading journal to help log their progress, and each morning teachers will have three questions about the most recent chapter.

“For each question you get correct, you will get a ticket,” Carey told the youth.

During lunch, the tickets will be placed into a drawing for a series of daily prizes, such as plush animals, pens and various pig- and spider-themed toys.

Then, on March 15, another assembly will be held and everyone with completed reading journals will be entered into a chance for a variety of other prizes, including bicycles and a limo ride.

This year, according to VanDyke, each member of the school’s faculty and staff contributed toward the organization of the program.

“It has been a wonderful journey for the staff,” VanDyke said.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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