March has been full of adventures at Evergreen Elementary school. Thanks to all the volunteers and the local Target store, many literacy activities are happening and Evergreen students are benefiting.

The second Reading Is Fundamental Day was held March 4 in Evergreen’s library. The students walked aboard Captain Book’s pirate ship to select their free book. The library was decorated with chests filled with gold and jewels, a crow’s nest, sailing mast, and a talking parrot. More than 20 volunteers were available to read with children, as 275 students chose a new book to take home.

About 190 people enjoyed the second annual Family Reading Night. Peninsula School District Administrator Dennis Nugent, Principal Jacque Crisman, District Reading Specialist Judi Wilbert, staff members Robin Roe, Rick Gudmunson, Jim Inglebritson, and fireman and dad Bob Clawson chose great read-aloud stories to share with those attending. Every child was invited to choose a free book, and cookies were enjoyed by all. The Evergreen GED program students helped in the book giveaway that was sponsored by Target. It was a clear indicator that literacy is thriving in the Evergreen community.

On March 9 Target employees Marcy Burns, Julia Christman, Krista Ferber, and Cathy Oberts paid a special visit to Evergreen to help the Mitchell kindergartners and the Brozie/Presley first graders
celebrate the 100th birthday of Dr. Seuss. It was such fun to have the “Cats in the Hats” read “The Places You’ll Go” to the children. Key Peninsula Middle School students made a special trip to Evergreen to join in the celebration. The children also received very cool eyeglasses, hats, bookmarks and doorknob hangers. It was truly a special treat.

Just when you think so many terrific things have taken place, another event came along to top things off. Evergreen PTA members hosted a wonderful auction at the Longbranch Improvement Club. The spaghetti dinner donated by businesses and parents, many wonderful items for silent and oral auction and raffle items earned $6,000 for Evergreen. Many long hours were logged to make this a successful evening.

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