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Stinner encourages Lincoln Elementary students to read
August 20, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - State Sen. John Stinner presents a reading poster to Lincoln Elementary.

During the first full week of classes at Lincoln Elementary, students got a special visitor at their Bulldog Way assembly – District 48 State Senator John Stinner.

Stinner, of Gering, was there to present the school with a READ poster, which will hang in the school library.

Prior to the presentation, Stinner said the poster series is a project of the Nebraska Library Association. And when association members are in Lincoln, they ask senators if they’d like to have their picture taken with books to promote reading. The pictures become posters that are then sent out to public and school libraries throughout the state.

“My granddaughter goes to school here at Lincoln, so I asked the staff if this is something they’d like to put up to encourage kids to read,” he said.

One of the books Stinner is holding in the picture is the children’s alphabet book “C is for Cornhusker.”

“When I was on the Gering School Board, the reading program was one of the key components for the schools,” he said. “Reading is really a cornerstone for learning. That’s why I’m doing this. Encouraging kids to read is one of the most important things you can do.”

After presenting the READ poster to Lincoln Principal Pam Barker, Stinner shared with the kids about his job and what the state Legislature does. He also shared some trivia, like the Nebraska State Capital is the second tallest state legislative building in the country. And the older kids knew the answer when he asked what statue is on top of the capitol dome. It’s “The Sower.”
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