PHOTOS: Storybook characters on parade
Jace Underwood dressed as a figure in his favorite series of fiction books.
But the Bart-Colerain Elementary School fifth grader didn't choose his favorite character.
That's because Dobby the House Elf is small and green. And has big ears.
So he picked the series' iconic character, Harry Potter.
Bargains come in all shapes and sizes.
Sometimes they are discount tickets to a home football game.
Or they can be free books, donated by a program that promotes literacy.
On Friday night, October 14, they came together.
People who donated books to Solanco's literacy program that evening received discount tickets to the varsity Mules' home football game.
Making books available to families with young children is just part of the district's efforts to help kids be better prepared when they enter kindergarten. The district has also put together a team of administrators, teachers, and parents who are working on ways to help parents learn to teach their children.
"They are their children's first teacher," said Bart-Colerain Elementary School principal Sandy Haines. "This will help them make sure their kids are ready for kindergarten."
Bart-Colerain students have the write stuff
It's new but it's not hard.
That's Bart-Colerain Elementary School third grader Destiny Zimmerman's assessment of the skill she's learning.
When Solanco students begin third grade, they also start the transition from printing to cursive handwriting.
Not all of the school district's construction projects will be finished by the time Solanco students start the school year on Monday, August 25.
But the major work will be done and the remaining projects won't interfere with the operation of the schools, said Dr. Timothy Shrom, the district's business manager.
Some of Bart-Colerain Elementary School’s students spent Wednesday afternoon, June 4, competing in the school’s annual fun day.
There were several events held on the school’s playground. Groups of students rotated among the different events, which included a form of dodge ball and several races.
He doesn't know what the prize is, but Solanco Food Service Director Matt Kirchoff wants the district's schools to win the state's latest competition.
"We've entered each school in Pennsylvania's school breakfast challenge," he said last week.
To meet the state's goal, each school has to increase the percentage of students eating breakfast 30 percent.
The food drive was supposed to last two weeks.
That was before snow kept Bart-Colerain's students out of school for five of those 10 days.
Now the drive to benefit the Solanco Food Bank has been extended to the end of February.