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Read-A-Thon targets more Chromebooks
September 23, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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This past week, some of the student at Lincoln Elementary School prowled the stacks at the Gering Public Library in search of their favorite Pokemon characters for the school’s second annual Read-A-Thon.

Last year’s inaugural event raised $4,410. The Booster Club used proceeds to purchase a cart of Google Chromebooks for use in the school. This year, the club’s $5,500 goal will enable them to purchase another cart of Chromebooks.

“Eventually we want to get the whole school done, but this is a start,” said Misty West, a Lincoln Elementary Booster Club volunteer.

The first week’s theme of “Lincoln Library Go” sent students on a scavenger hunt for Pokemon characters at the Gering Library, the school’s partner for the Read-A-Thon.

“As they look for the Pokemon characters and get prizes, we hope they’ll pick up some new library books to read,” West said.

Next week, students will be reading “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” together at an assembly, and later take a Google Lit Trip to Africa for “We Are on Safari.”

As part of the Read-A-Thon, students already have been building their web pages on the sponsoring website, logging reading time.

They also encourage family and friends for support. Before the official program even launched, students had raised $550 for the Read-A-Thon, which runs through Sept. 30.

Local businesses have been invited to get involved by sponsoring an ad on their website. Most of the information about the program is available on the Booster Club’s Facebook page.

“This is a really great program,” West said. “It encourages kids to read and they get to create their own web page and can send email and social media. It reaches so many more people than just a school-wide fundraiser. It gives out-of-town family a chance to support their child. Plus, it’s for reading. Who doesn’t want to support that? It’s a great thing to do.”
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