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NTES encourages summer reading

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A North Trail Elementary School student reads to classmates at Tuesday morning's read aloud.2 / 2

It's summer break for kids. They're out of school. They're free from homework. So do they really want to spend time with their teachers and their principal in the middle of July?

Well, apparently, yes. At least, many of the kids from North Trail Elementary School do.

In fact, they'll even go so far to see their teachers and principal Dr. Steven Geis, that a few of them got their parents to bring them to Barnes and Noble in Apple Valley Tuesday morning for a read aloud event.

The event was sponsored by the NTES Literacy Committee, kindergarten teacher Kim Bolleson said. The committee does several reading events during the school year, and the school's library has been open for students all summer long. This week's event is another opportunity to get students to read in their spare time.

"This is another opportunity to get books in their hands," Bolleson said. "If they're going on trips or something like that, we want to get those books in their hands."

The read aloud featured two hours of stories read by NTES teachers, and culminated with a story read by Geis. In between adult readers, students got a chance to read for each other, as well.

The read aloud went for only two hours, but the book fair itself goes on through Sunday, July 21. Purchases made online can be credited to North Trail Elementary's account, Bolleson said. Through Barnes and Noble's program, NTES receives 20 percent of the proceeds from the purchases designated as part of the North Trail book fair.

Those shopping the store should mention the purchase is for North Trail Elementary. Those who make purchases online should enter code 11108792, which will be active through Sunday, to make sure the NTES account is credited.

"We can get up to 20 percent of the funds back," Bolleson said. "That will be used to put books back in the classrooms next fall."

There is still time for students to get some reading in before school starts up again. The North Trail Elementary School library is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. The school library will be open through Aug. 15.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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