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Local schools win reading prizes

May 17, 2000

Maugansville Elementary and Fountain Rock Elementary schools won first and second places in the Reading Across Maryland challenge Wednesday at Port Discovery in Baltimore.

Maugansville won first place in the Western Maryland region while Fountain Rock came in second.

Reading Across America is designed to improve the reading and language skills of youngsters by challenging students across the state to read at least 10 books.

The program is also designed to motivate communities and parents to get involved and volunteer at their local schools.

The state was divided into five regions for the Reading Across Maryland challenge: Central Maryland, Washington Metro, Eastern Shore, Southern and Western Maryland. The school in each region that read the most books per student won $750, which is to be used to throw a party for the entire school.

Second place winners received $250. Ninety-three schools participated in the competition this year.

Emma K. Doub, Fountaindale, Sharpsburg, Pangborn, Winter Street, Williamsport and Paramount elementary schools also represented Washington County in the Western Maryland Region.

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Gov. Parris Glendening said students across Maryland read 4 million books this year.

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