‘Gals Read’ pro­gram a suc­cess at Sudnlersville

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SUDLERSVILLE — Lunchtime has been “SOAR­ING” at Sudlersville El­e­men­tary School thanks to “Gals Read.” Eight com­mu­nity mem­bers have ded­i­cated time to read to 36 fourth­grade girls dur­ing lunchtime. This pro­gram was in­spired from the suc­cess of “Guys Read,” a pro­gram spon­sored by the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary and Queen Anne’s County pub­lic schools. Over the past two years, lo­cal fourth­grade boys have par­tic­i­pated in a pro­gram called “Guys Read” at in Queen Anne’s County el­e­men­tary schools. This pro­gram orig­i­nated in Alaska as a way to en­cour­age boys to read out­side of school. The “Gals Read” pro­gram ran for eight weeks. All fourth­grade girls lis­tened to a new and up­com­ing book geared for girls dur­ing their lunch time. It was a free and fun ex­pe­ri­ence for all fourth-grade girls.

Fourth-grader Gra­cie Troyer said, “It’s an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for girls. I loved their book choices for us, be­cause the books were very funny and showed that girls can do great things.”

Prin­ci­pal Kim­berly Sei­del said, “This pro­gram was so pow­er­ful, and I am grate­ful for the com­mu­nity mem­bers who com­mit­ted to this project for our girls. I joined them one lunch pe­riod, and you could hear a pin drop!

“Carol Franks Randall, Gals Read co­or­di­na­tor, heard our de­sire to start this pro­gram and she made this hap­pen!”

Read­ing spe­cial­ist Re­becca Van Aken said, “The li­brary copies of the books flew off the shelves! We had to cre­ate a wait list for the books. It warmed my heart to see the gals walk­ing to the bus read­ing the lat­est Gals Read book.”

Vol­un­teer read­ers were Kim Bak­larz, Mary Camp­bell, Maureen DiLaura, Deb­bie Eber­sole, She­lagh Grasso, Made­line Hub­bard, San­dra Jack­son, Peggy Levasseur, Shelly McCreary and Carol Thomas.

Sei­del and the PTA do­nated funds to pur­chase li­brary copies of se­lected books. The four books are: “El Deafo” by Cece Bell, “Phoebe and the Uni­corn” by Dana Simp­son, “Spirit Week Show­down” by Crys­tal Allen and “Fairest of All” by Sarah Mly­nowski.

Gals Read con­cluded with a ice cream so­cial cel­e­bra­tion where all of the girls re­ceived a copy of “El Deafo.”

“A spe­cial thanks to our en­thu­si­as­tic, ded­i­cated and re­li­able vol­un­teers to share their joy of read­ing each week to our fourth-grade girls! Read­ing is soar­ing at S.E.S!” said Sei­del.

From bot­tom left: Gra­cie Troyer, Brielle Se­ward, Elyssa Cross­ley, Carol Thomas (Gals Reader), Ava Price and Madi­son Cun­ning­ham. In the far cor­ner: Ne­vaeh Truitt and Kiera Ber­trand.

Four stu­dents at Grasonville El­e­men­tary School par­tic­i­pated in the Sodexo Fu­ture Chef Chal­lenge at the school. Hunter Wooten, Cara Steele, Sa­man­tha Judge and Kaitlin Kee­gan taste their cre­ations.

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