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Books for Babies sponsors Reading to Make Cents contest

December 24, 2004

There's good news for babies born at Washington County Hospital.

Each will be given childrens' books while their parents receive information on the importance of reading to their children.

Studies have shown the value to children of early exposure to literature.

For the third year in a row, the Books for Babies program has sponsored a Reading to Make Cents contest. Washington County elementary students obtain sponsors to make pledges for every book they read during National Book Week in November.

The contest encourages students to read while encouraging reading to babies.

Four countywide winners were announced at a ceremony on Friday, Dec. 17, at the Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown. Prizes were awarded to the four students who raised the most money.

The top prize, a bicycle and helmet, went to Sarah Eckstine from Fountain Rock Elementary School.

The second-place prize of a boom box went to Morgan Schrader of Smithsburg Elementary School.

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Dustin Worton of Funkstown received the third-place prize of a Target gift card.

Hunter Felder of Williamsport Elementary School was awarded the fourth-place Book Prize Package.

More than 60 students won Razor Scooters, contest T-shirts or Book Cellar gift certificates at the individual school level.

Prizes were donated by Citicorp, Circuit City, Target, Book Cellar at Prime Outlets and Partners in Literacy. Pizza Hut provided a coupon for a personal pan pizza to each participant.

Twenty-one of 25 county elementary schools participated in the contest.

Fountain Rock was the top fund-raising school, followed by Pangborn. Each of those schools raised close to $1,000. Bester, Boonsboro, Funkstown, Smithsburg and Williamsport all raised more than $500 each.

Books for Babies is a joint venture of the Washington County Free Library, Washington County Hospital and the Washington County Reading Council.

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