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An amazing village

Dear Editor:

Each year, the first-grade teachers at Aspen Elementary School encourage their children to take the “Read 100 Books in 100 Days” Reading Challenge.

This year, as an incentive to my class, I contacted Bryan Lee of the Aspen Recreation Center to ask if he would be willing to give the children who successfully met the challenge an afternoon of ice skating at the Lewis Ice Arena. Without hesitation, Bryan agreed to sponsor my class. With this wonderful incentive in mind, my children immediately set out to work on the reading challenge. At the end of 100 days, every single child in my class either met or exceeded the goal of reading 100 books. In fact, several children read well over 200 books!

Last Wednesday, the children, many of their parents and I headed over to Aspen Recreation Center to celebrate their accomplishments. Bryan handed out the ice skates and TLC as my children headed out onto the ice. He even turned on the disco ball, which was one of the highlights of the afternoon. Every child went home with smiles on their faces and stories about their exciting day.

It feels so wonderful to live in such a giving and supportive community. “It takes a village to raise a child.” I am so fortunate to be a member of this amazing village.

Mary Owens

first-grade teacher

Aspen Elementary School


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