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'Reading to Make Cents' contest winners named

January 29, 2013
  • From left, Madeline Stevens, Clear Spring Elementary, fourth place, a $50 Target Gift Card; (tie) Wesley Blood, Sharpsburg Elementary, third place, book package and Ashlyn Connoley, Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School, third place, book package; Corrin Line, Rockland Woods Elementary, first place, Kindle Fire; and Karissa Mitchell, Winter Street Elementary, second place, $100 Walmart gift card. Not pictured: Claire Houseknecht, third-grade teacher at Rockland Woods Elementary, who received a check for $100 for her classroom.
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There’s good news for babies born at Meritus Medical Center.

Each newborn will be given children’s books while their parents receive information on the importance of reading to their children.

For the 11th 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 American Education Week in November.

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

Five countywide winners were announced at a ceremony Jan. 7 at the North Pointe location of Washington County Free Library.

Prizes were awarded to the five students who raised the most money.

First prize, a Kindle Fire, went to Corrin Line, Rockland Woods Elementary.

The second-place prize, a $100 Walmart gift card, was given to Karissa Mitchell of  Winter Street Elementary.

Ashlyn Connoley, from Ruth Ann Monroe Primary, and Wesley Blood from Sharpsburg Elementary tied for the third-place prize of a book prize package, and for fourth place, Madeline Stevens, Clear Spring Elementary, was awarded a $50 gift card from Target.

Clare Houseknecht, third-grade teacher at Rockland Woods Elementary, received a check for $100 for a classroom library.
It was awarded to the class that raised the most money.

Prizes were donated or assisted by Jodi Spickler, Serenity Stage Service; HH Gregg; Domino’s; Walmart; and Target. Discovery Station also donated tickets as second prize for each school winner.

The Books for Babies program is a volunteer-managed program coordinated through Washington County Free Library, Meritus Medical Center and Washington County Public Schools.

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