by Joe Crocetta / staff photographer
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Gov. Parris Glendening sat on the floor in teacher Paige Fishack's second-grade classroom Monday and encouraged the students to join him for a reading lesson.
The students crowded around Glendening and laughed as he read the book, "The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash."
The visit was part of statewide effort by Glendening to promote reading. The governor plans to visit each county school system this year and read to students. He also is challenging elementary students to read 10 books this year.
After each reading session, he hands out bookmarks encouraging students to "Be a Rising Star." On the back of the bookmark is a place for the student to list the titles of 10 books the pupil has read.