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Book is closed on 'I Love to Read Month'

The Lake Junior High Student Literacy Council hosted a variety of events for National Reading Day, Feb. 27. In back from left are Madeline Hanson and Emily Mueller. In front are Katie Tott, Brandi Knupp, Vivian Lu, Naomi Ridley and Anna Bearrood. Staff photo by Amber Kispert

After an entire month of traveling to Middle Earth, running with Tom Sawyer and getting lost in the world of Dr. Seuss, "I Love to Read Month," has come to a climactic close with National Reading Day on Feb. 27.

Lake Junior High's Student Literacy Council coordinated a variety of National Reading Day events at the school.

Several guest speakers, including State Sen. Kathy Saltzman of Woodbury, read from some of their favorite books and shared their experiences with reading and the SLC also organized a variety of word games in each individual classroom.

"We wanted to encourage reading in students and we felt this was a good way to do it," SLC members, Kayla Schulz, said. "It is better than having them just sit down and read all day, because it makes reading a game."

SLC members said that encouraging reading and literacy in students is an important thing because reading holds many benefits for students, whether it's now or further down the road, including; increasing vocabulary, they can learn a lot about specific subjects or topics, improve comprehension and it's fun.

"I like stepping into somebody else's shoes, if you're having a bad day you can just pick up a book," Schulz said.

SLC members said if National Reading Day inspires one more person to read, than it was a success.

"We want students to read because they want to, not because its forced on them," Madeline Hanson, SLC said.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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