Students meet reading goals
Dear Editor:The first-grade teachers at Aspen Elementary School, along with Doug MacKenzie, mountain manager of the Snowmass ski area, challenged every first-grade student attending AES to read 100 books in about 90 days.As an incentive, Doug MacKenzie offered a complimentary ticket to Tube Town for every child who met the goal.The second annual Reading Challenge began in late November, as the children eagerly set to work reading up a storm every night at home. The first-grade teachers delighted in watching their children’s excitement at meeting the goal. After reading books at home, the children wrote down the titles of the books on strips of paper and stapled them together to form chains. Back at school, as the chains the grew longer and longer, each teacher noticed the soaring reading, levels of their children.We want to thank to Doug MacKenzie and the Aspen Skiing Company for their incredibly generous and motivating support for the second year in a row. We would also like to thank Joey Woltemath and the crew at Tube Town. You made our days at Tube Town so enjoyable.”It takes a village to raise a child.” We are so thankful that we live in such a beautiful village! We feel overwhelmed by the kindness and support of the Aspen Skiing Company.We would also like to thank Zach Ornitz for taking the time to take photos of our children at Tube Town for the Aspen Daily News. We felt that our Reading Challenge was newsworthy and we are so grateful that Zach did, too.Mary OwensJill CohenKatherine ReppaTerri DanglerLynn EastleyKristie EasomSarah PeshekAspen Elementary School
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