by Lisa Tome
A $500 gift to the school library is nice, but students at Kenmore Elementary were far more excited about free ice cream.
On Friday morning, they got both, plus a big trophy.
The school was recognized by library officials for being the winner of the 2013 Summer Reading Program. In order to win that award, students had to enroll in the library program. Students then had to participate by turning in finished reading logs. Kenmore won the honor by having the highest percentage of students who completed the program which began June 1 and ended in early August.
"Great job and keep reading," said library staffer Carol Starzmann. APGFCU provided the check for the school library. Mister Softee provided each student and staffer with free ice cream.
Being the summer reading trophy winner wasn't new at the school.
For a half dozen years in the early 2000s, Kenmore won the Summer Reading trophy. Perryville Elementary earned the honor in 2008 and 2009. Bainbridge students were the top readers in 2010. Cecilton Elementary claimed the trophy in 2011. Chesapeake City Elementary won it last year.
One day earlier, library staffers presented the award for Most Improved School during the Summer Reading Program to Conowingo Elementary.
This award was new this year. Students at that school received a sticker and a treat.
During the 2013 Summer Reading Program, children spent 10,188 hours reading.
Teens spent 11,382 hours reading.
The number of books read was 52,913. The number of minutes read was 1,294.200.
The Summer Reading success was not the only cause for celebration at Kenmore on Friday. It was revealed that students in the school had earned a Gold award from state educators for behavior.
The school was honored due to the fact that students are positive, productive, and prepared.