MCPS Reading Celebration is Nov. 15

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The MCHS Career and Technical Education student organizations will hold their 10th annual "Share-A-Story" night from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, at Marion County High School. Students in grades P-6, along with their families, are invited to come and enjoy this free night of fun.
The celebration has grown tremendously in the last few years. The elementary school with the highest percentage of students in attendance will be awarded the traveling literacy plaque, which is currently held by Glasscock Elementary.
This year's book, named by a committee out of Frankfort, is Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina. The entire night will be based on themes taken from this book. Participants will travel to individual classrooms within the high school to take part in many different interactive activities. Activity rooms are being sponsored by the CTE student organizations, each elementary and middle school, as well as many outside organizations, such as the Marion County Public Library, Marion County Health Department, Marion County Head Start and the Marion County Extension Office.
Some of this year's planned activities include a petting zoo, healthy snacks, crafts, games and face painting.
Recently, students participated in a district-wide design contest for the event's featured t-shirts and bookmarks. The first 200 enrolled Marion County students to register the night of the event will receive a free t-shirt, which was designed by Mya Emmons and Sierra Bickett, 6th grade students at St. Charles Middle School. The winning bookmark designs were submitted by Logan Votaw from West Marion Elementary and Ally Mattingly from Calvary Elementary. Their bookmarks will be printed and distributed to all those in attendance.  
As in previous years, the Reading Celebration will also feature Young Authors.  Student authors from some of our local schools will display and have their work for sale in the cafeteria. A special recognition of these Young Authors will take place at 7 p.m. As part of this recognition, students from the 21st Century Learning Center will be performing a skit that goes along with this year's theme book.