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Students hit a home run during I Love to Read Month at WDC

Photo by Dana Pavek/WDC Schools. Sharing your favorite book growing up was part of the end-of-the-month program for I Love to Read Month at WDC Elementary on March 2. Pictured with their favorite book are members of the WDC baseball team and Loni Niles, WDC Schools media specialist. Joining them are kindergarten students from Junelle Jackson's class. From left: Loni Niles, with her favorite book, "The Snowy Day;" Brenna Leeseberg, Ryan Redfield, with "Froggy Goes to the Doctor;" David Najjar, with "Capt...

Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary wrapped up their I Love to Read Month with a program celebrating the reading achievements of WDC students on March 2.

Baseball was this year's I Love to Read Month theme, thanks to a four-week reading program called "Hawkeye's BookWorms" sponsored by the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks minor league baseball team.

The RedHawks BookWorm program was designed to benefit children of all ages and reading abilities. Each WDC teacher set their own reading level, so students were challenged, explained Loni Niles, media center specialist at WDC.

At the program, a teacher from each grade shared how many students hit a home run by reaching their reading goals. Members of WDC baseball team were invited to the celebration too. Baseball players Jonathan Goeden, David Najjar, Kenny Sakry, Ryan Redfield and head coach, Kyle Dykhoff, each shared with the students their favorite book growing up. K-6 students cheered and clapped to hear the players and Coach Dykhoff's favorite books. It was a grand slam!