FVS student winner of summer reading program

By Beth A. Birmingham | Oct 10, 2016
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Winning readers at Friendship Village School pose with Literacy Coach Monica Nelson, left, and Principal Christina Labbe, right, Oct. 6. Shown are Oliver Wotton, Indiana Robinson, Landon Starr, Bradley Carlson and Cody McDaniel. Not shown is Nathan Percival.

Friendship — A local school that participated in the Read to Ride Summer Reading Challenge sponsored by the Maine Department of Education and the Free Masons of Maine has a winning student in its midst.

Friendship Village School's Landon Starr was presented a new bicycle and a helmet from Wal-Mart at a special assembly in front of his peers Oct. 6.

For the program, students read over the summer and kept track of how much time was spent reading, at least 500 minutes, documented by a parent or guardian.

Two students from each school were entered into the drawing Sept. 23, and Starr's name was drawn to win the prize.

Principal Christina Labbe said of the 86 students at the school, six participated -- all boys. "First of all, to get boys to read," she said, adding that her challenge next year is for the girls to join in the fun.

Starr chose "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and a couple of books in the "Magic Tree House" series as his summer reading.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.


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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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