Hurlbutt Elementary School rewards summer readers

Getting a hug from Storm, the Sound Tigers mascot, are raffle winners in the Summer Reading Challenge, Luke Zielinski, Rory McCarthy, Patrick Socha, Chelsea Britz, Sarah Cross, and Librarian Sharon Rodko. Not pictured is raffle winner Tatum Roche. —Patricia Gay photo

Students and faculty gathered in the bus loop at Hurlbutt Elementary School on Friday, Sept. 14, to celebrate their participation in the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge, sponsored by the Connecticut State Department of Education.

The challenge encouraged young students to read books over the summer. Participation was voluntary and students kept a journal of the books they read as well as the number of pages.

This year, 165 Hurlbutt students participated in the challenge and turned in summer reading lists for a total of 2,891 books read.

Students who turned in summer reading lists were entered into a raffle sponsored by the Hurlbutt Book Fair and organized by the PTO. There were six raffle prizes awarded: $10 gift certificates for the school book fair coming in November.

This year’s raffle winners were Luke Zielinski, Rory McCarthy, Patrick Socha, Chelsea Britz, Sarah Cross and Tatum Roche.

Teachers with the most participation in the reading challenge, are, from left, Janis Larrabee, second grade; Georgia Needham, first grade; Lori Harjes, kindergarten; and Selina Melnyk, second grade. —Patricia Gay photo

Teachers whose classes had the highest participation in the challenge were Janis Larrabee, Georgia Needham, Lori Harjes and Selina Melnyk. For helping to encourage their students to bring in summer reading lists, they received a “duty free” certificate that may be redeemed to have one of their lunch or recess duties covered.

To the delight of the students, making a special guest appearance at the ceremony was Storm, the mascot for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers American Hockey League team. Each student who read 10 or more books could request a free hockey ticket for a Sound Tigers game.

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