Sharing A Love Of Books In Family Reading Month

Posted: February 06, 1992

The best valentine to your child this month may be reading a book together. That's the message of Family Reading Month, being promoted at schools and at 35 public libraries and 24 bookmobile stops in Montgomery County.

"Reading a book aloud can provide a memorable one-to-one experience between a parent and a child," said Barbara Gross, children's consultant librarian and head of children's services at the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library. Reading to a child, she said, may be a significant contribution toward the child's success in school, and "one of the most important things a parent can do for a child."

Local librarians, she added, may be visiting schools to share a love of reading and information about the county library system.

Families can visit local libraries or bookmobiles to receive a Family Reading Month packet, which includes a reading record, reading pledge, reading lists for children and a parents' guide.

Successful family reading, said Gross, stems from choosing books that the whole family will enjoy, making reading part of your family routine, talking about what you have read, introducing young children through picture books, and continuing to read to children even when they can read themselves.

The library pamphlet suggests books to share with infants, toddlers and other ages up to 6.

HEAD OF THE CLASS

Students from the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) chapter at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School have brought back 25 trophies and medallions - a school record - from a district competition among other DECA clubs. The career-oriented club focuses on the retail fields, especially fashion and food.

First-place winners are Erica Cellini, Tiffany Landes, Matthew Montemayor, David Norris and Jennifer Smith.

Others who won awards are Gina Calhoun, Mark Chesky, John Clark, Latoya Culbreath, Christy Cupo, Michelle Dorazio, Paul Evans, Mandi Hurvitz, Donna Mashintonio, Carey McArdle, Rachel Pettine, Lauren Scandone, Sharon Simons,

Dawn Tucker, Darius Walker and Christopher Zameska.

Most winners will participate in the state competitions in Hershey in March.

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Lansdale Catholic High School will present its first Values for Life award to 17 students at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school's Fishman Center. Honorees, who were selected for their service to school or community by teachers and principals, will receive a certificate and a $50 U.S. Savings Bond.

Seventh- and eighth-graders who are to be recognized are Katie Burghart of Dresher, St. Alphonsus School; Kristen Lewis and Maria Primavera, both of Lansdale, Corpus Christi School; John Ianozzi, Hatfield, and David Hornberger, Lansdale, St. Stanislaus School; Christopher Jones, Perkasie, and John Joseph Hetherington, Hilltown, St. Agnes/Sacred Heart School; Maureen Fegley and Josephine Cintorino, both of North Wales, St. Rose of Lima School; Jared Cryder and Kathryn Haines, both of Chalfont, St. Jude School; Matthew Limbach, Hatfield, and Christopher Moll, Telford, St. Marie Goretti School; Amalia Dignetti, Upper Black Eddy, and Meredith Yuran, Phillipsburg, N.J., St. John the Baptist School, and Victoria Bruno and Michael Murray, both of Quakertown, St. Isidore School.

The Values for Life Award is sponsored by John Ward and Jane Ewan, members of St. Luke's Parish in Glenside. John Ewan is the retired chairman of the board of William M. Wilson's Sons Inc. of Lansdale and is a member of Lansdale Catholic's Development Board.

Ambler resident Raymond L. Wells has received the National Association for Campus Activities Educational Foundation/Donald L. McCullough Memorial Scholarship.

The award is given each year to a student pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in student personnel services or related fields.

Wells, a graduate teaching assistant at Temple University, is completing a doctorate in the department of psychoeducational processes. He teaches courses at Temple's Ambler campus and was formerly assistant dean for student life there.

Four Abington High School students have been selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 11 Band Festival, to be held today through Saturday at Central Bucks West High School. Lornall Bessellieu, Jodie Davis, Sarah Lee Sproul and Matthew Ulmer were selected through auditions.

ON THE AGENDA

Workshops to prepare students for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will be held at Temple's Ambler campus on six Saturdays beginning Feb. 22.

The 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. course will help students build geometry and algebra skills and hone vocabulary, analogy and reading comprehension.

The fee of $175 includes College Board materials. SAT tests dates are April 4, May 2 and June 6.

For more information or to register, call the Office of Noncredit Workshops and Special Programs at 283-1304.

A new kindergarten program will begin in September at St. David School in Willow Grove. For more information, call Sister Janice Marie Firn, principal, at 659-6393.

In conjunction with Vocational Education Week, the Central Montgomery County Technical School is holding an open house during school hours next week.

The automotive department will be open from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday so instructors can demonstrate equipment, repair techniques and answer questions. Preregistration is required. For more information, call 277-2301.

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