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Seventh-graders read original stories to elementary pupils

March 02, 2000

Read Across Americaphoto: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




It took friends Emmy Matthews and Ashley Long two days to create their original book, "Our Brother." But the Western Heights Middle School seventh-graders didn't mind since it got some audience response Thursday at Salem Avenue Elementary School.

The two girls were part of Read Across America activities between the two schools. They and others from Western Heights Middle School walked over to Salem Avenue Elementary with their original books and read them to second-graders, who seemed to enjoy the experience.

The second-graders also got to see Ashley's drawings, which illustrated the book. The drawings are about that imaginary little brother who smelled like "air pollution," the book said.

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"Some of us worked about two weeks on our books," said Nicole Robinson. "But it was fun."

Salem Avenue Elementary teacher Carol Hose invited the older students in to read. She and her Frostburg State University intern, Suzanne Winders, listened intently as the student-to-student reading project came to life.

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