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Dobbins reading program is a hit

May 17, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Dobbins Elementary celebrated Right to Read Week last week with a baseball theme, "Reading is a Big Hit at Dobbins." The week ended with a surprise visit from Scrappy, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers' mascot who visited classrooms and supported the students' hard work.

The week kicked off with with the entire school singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." They returned to their classrooms and got a surprise visit from the Scrappers mascot.

"The students were enthused with the spontaneous appearance of Scrappy in the classrooms," said kindergarten teacher Elaine Fabrizi.

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Karen DiVito's second-grade class got a surprise visit by Scrappy and Mark Libs, the Scrappers director of group sales, to end Right to Read week at Dobbins Elementary School.

Besides Scrappy, the Scrappers front office staff showed up to read to the students. Chris Sumner, account executive of the Scrappers, Mark Libbs, director of group sales, and Stephanie Novak, merchandising manager of the Scrappers organization, were guest readers for each of the kindergarten through fourth-grade classrooms.

Prior to last week, the students all decorated baseball-related pictures, which included information about their favorite books. These pictures were used to display on the bulletin board as the theme for the week.

On Tuesday, the Poland Library held an assembly for students in grades one through four to present the summer reading program. The following day, all students brought in books from home, and they experienced DEAR time in the classrooms. DEAR time stands for "Drop Everything and Read."

"My students really enjoyed DEAR time. In fact, they asked me if we could do it again (the next day)," said first grade teacher Kim Aikens.

Jackie Grisdale, a third-grade student in Debbie Patsko's room said, "DEAR time was really fun because reading is awesome! Scrappy was very fun too!"

Students also participated in numerous fundraisers to benefit the school library, such as: raffling a sports-themed basket; wearing a baseball cap and jersey; participating in a used-book sale; and having a "sponsor" for the number of books they read at home.

In keeping with the baseball theme and the Scrappers organization's, the students were given a Scrappy Scholar Reading Club Card. They read five to 10 books at home, and recorded them on their cards to receive a free admission to a Scrappers' game this summer.

According to kindergarten teacher Stephanie Mateja, Dobbins' students read a total of 929 books. On Friday, students wore their baseball caps, sang that classic baseball song one last time, and ended Right to Read Week with a "homerun."

""This week's theme was just the right match for our reading efforts," said Dobbins Principal Cheryl Borovitcky. "Reading is always a big hit at Dobbins."



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