Third, fourth, and fifth grade students and their families can look forward to Monday, November 19 when a terrific motivational storyteller will provide two exciting assemblies during the school day, topped off with an evening performance for the entire family at Monticello Elementary.
Monticello Elementary School will be hosting the special literacy event that starts at 5:00 p.m. Hot dogs and fixings will be served in the cafeteria, followed by an entertaining presentation by children’s author Ronda Friend, regarding he series of books Down on Friendly Acres.
There is quite a bit of buzz at the local school with folks even dressing up as farmers on November 19 th to match the theme of the author’s book series.
“It is going to be a really special day at school for the children,” said Monticello Elementary Counselor Jill Frogge. “We can’t wait for everyone to meet Ms. Friend in person and enjoy her storytelling antics. Her evening performance should provide some memorable, magical moments, so we encourage our students’ families to join us. We don’t want any of our students and parents to miss out on this special opportunity.”
The author is an entertainer, songwriter, and musician. Students will be learning two songs to share with her at the evening performance. Friend has traveled extensively throughout the United States in 27 states presenting her assembly programs in over 2000 schools and before a million students and educators. Her programs combine storytelling, hilarity, puppets, music and audience participation that entertains while challenging and inspiring students to be positive contributors to their schools, communities and families. She encourages aspiring young writers and motivates all students to be avid readers.
Leading up to the event, students are being read to by community readers through video footage distributed through digital means in their classrooms, chapter by chapter in Friend’s book Hats off to Heroes. County Judge-Executive Mike Anderson, WCHS Basketball Coach Rodney Woods, Wayne County School Superintendent Wayne Roberts, retired Farm Bureau Insurance Agent Dan Vickery, and JROTC Instructor 1SG George Snyder each read two chapters of the book that focuses on kindness and compassion. The top accelerated reader students from each grade had the honor of previewing the book during the in-person reading sessions.
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