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Reading is Fundamental Day at Devers Elementary

Devers Elementary celebrated the Month of the Military Child with 450 attending our huge Reading is Fundamental Day on April 22, 2013!

Partnering with National Reading is Fundamental (RIF) officials, a memorable event was enjoyed by students and parents alike to honor our military children!  ABC 11 Eyewitness News was on hand to film for the  "Armed Forces Salute of the Week" broadcast to honor the students of Devers Elementary for the Month of the Military Child.  Devers ES Information Specialist nominated the students for this award as the children of active duty military face many challenges that other children do not.  This Armed Forces Salute included multiple student interviews and aired on the 6:00 p.m. news in April.   

Coretta Scott King Honor Award winning author Kelly Starling Lyons

During the day, the Coretta Scott King Honor Award winning author Kelly Starling Lyons, of Raleigh, North Carolina, mesmerized our students with wonderful readings of her books that incorporated technology shows, song and verse.  She wove history into each session as she explained the background of each book, how she researched it.  Each session concluded with writing tips for students and questions from the audience.  

Each Devers Student received a personally autographed hardback copy one of Kelly Lyons' books.    

Carol Sisco and Margaret McNamara, the daughters of the 1966 founders of the RIF Program purchased these books for the Devers students.

Tea Cakes for Tosh  was given to students in Grades Pre-K - 1

Tea Cakes for Tosh

Ellen's Broom 
Ellen's Broom
  was given to students in Grades 2-3.


Hope's Gift
Hope's Gift  was given to students in Grades 4-5.

450 students and parents attended our after school event. The after school portion of the event included soldiers from our base as guest readers, crafts and snacks.  The books for this portion of the program were provided by RIF and funded through Macy's.  Additionally, RIF gave each student a book bag with stickers, folders, activity sheets and a bookmark.   

A Paper Hug

Paper Hugs

Students in grades Pre-K – 2, with their parents, listened to MSG Smith read A Paper Hug.  Both students and parents made paper hugs for each to have when parents are deployed or away from home and received a copy of the Paper Hug poem. Students also selected 3 books from a giveaway table. 

H if for Honor

 H Is For Honor

H is for Honor was read by SSG Patterson to students in grades 3-5 and their parents.  Students and parents were invited to create a poem about any aspect of the military or being a military kid.  Military Salute bags were given to students who submited a poem with their parent.  The poetry will be published in the Devers' Poetry Anthology in June.