Mission Elementary students
learn reading is fun and rewarding
Allison Dennison and Arena Porter (pink shirt) were the emcees at the
Books for Bikes assembly at Mission Elementary School. (B.L. Azure
ST. IGNATIUS — Once you learn how to
never forget how. Sort of like riding a bike, once you learn you never
forget how to ride. Those two activities came together Friday in the
Mission Elementary School gym when students in grades K-5 gathered to
reap the rewards of reading.
The Books for Bikes assembly was the capper of the
effort to encourage more reading among the elementary students. The
elementary students were challenged to read more and were guaranteed a
chance at winning many prizes via a drawing. Among the reading prizes
were four bicycles and many smaller ones.
These young ladies smoosh together while trying to see which fifth
grade class could get the most students on some carpet remnants. (B.L.
According to Susan Batiuchok, MEM Title
director, the effort was very successful in getting the youngsters to
crack a few more books then they may have ordinarily. Some reaped
immediate rewards of various prizes while all reaped the long lasting
reward of the importance of reading.
Batiuchok said the students were able to enter one
ticket in the drawing for each book they read. The more they read the
greater their chances were of having their names drawn for the prizes.
The Mission Elementary School drill team entertained the students at
the Books for Bikes assembly. (B.L. Azure photo)
The big enchilada of prizes - four
awarded to two students (boy and girl) in Kindergarten through second
grade and two students (boy and girl) in grades three through five.
The lucky winners of the drawing for the K-2
bicycles were Michael Kibler and Azia Lafrombois. The winners of the
grades 3-5 bicycles were Alexis LaChance and Danny Helmer.
The bikes were purchased by funds donated by Doug
Olson and Mike McLoud of the local Montana Masonic Foundation chapter
and the Mission schools Indian Education Committee. The Polson WalMart
store provided the bikes at a much-appreciated discount price,
The Mission Elementary fifth grade kazooers kazooed a tune that the
rest of the students tried to guess the name of the tune. (B.L. Azure
Following the drawing were other
the K-5 students to pine away the time until Friday's early out
Mission School District technology coordinator
Matthew Lyon led a group of musically inclined middle school students
for some pickin' and grinnin' ukulele music and sing along.
Two groups of fifth graders, one from Mr. Philips
class and the other from Ms. Adams, provided some entertainment with
their participation in three competitive games.
Some of the Mission Elementary students recognized the songs the kazoo
and whistle band performed and were anxious to answer the name of the
songs. (B.L. Azure photo)
One game was to see which class could
get the most
people on two small pieces of carpet remnants, sort of like cramming
people in a VW or a phone booth, remember them? It ended in a tie with
each class getting 11 students on the carpet.
Another competitive event had each class perform
songs on kazoos and whistles and have the younger students guess the
tune. Ms. Adams class forged ahead on that event.
The ukulele band performed some sing along songs at the Books for Bikes assembly. (B.L. Azure photo)
The third competition was scooter races
small-wheeled vehicles resembling skateboards. It was a close contest
throughout but Ms. Adams class won by a small margin.
For their winning effort they were awarded a
roving "bragging rights" trophy: a ceramic Mission School mascot
There was also a snazzy, jazzy performance by the
fourth and fifth grade drill team, directed by Connie Trudeau and
Batiuchok expressed her gratitude for all the
folks who donated to the event.