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Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra honors readers

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The On Your Way Award was developed several years ago by Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra to recognize students who have improved their reading skills. Each month of the school year the service club gives awards to improved readers from one of the elementary schools in the community. The students are recognized in a school assembly, given a certificate, a $25 gift card at Neighbors Bookstore , and the school library is given a set of books in the names of the recognized students.

With school closing for the summer and so many deserving students, Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra has honored nine students in the month of June; three each from Lake Tahoe Environmental School, Zephyr Cove Elementary School and Sierra House School.

Travis Bomer, Merissa Chausee and Faith Senteio from Lake Tahoe Environmental School received their awards on June 8.

“I like reading because you think you’re really in the book,” said Travis. Merissa said, “Reading is fun and if there are no pictures you can picture it in your mind.” Faith’s teacher, Mrs. Rice, said, “Faith excels most in reading. She really has an ability to key in on the author’s purpose and find personal relationships with the characters.”

On June 14 Zephyr Elementary students Cassandra Tracy, Kevin Preciado and Jessica Benefiel received On Your Way Awards.

Of her favorite book, “The Case of the Baffled Bear,” Cassandra said, “We are reading the genre of mysteries and this is one of my favorites.” Kevin’s favorite book is “Summer of the Sea.” He said, “I have read most of the ‘Magic Tree House’ series and I will probably finish them this summer.” Reading Specialist Laurie Brazil said, “Jessica has made outstanding progress in her reading due to her incredible work ethic and her love of reading.”

Sierra House School students Jessica Lizarraga, Jensen Saclayan and Jenessa Crouch received On Your Way Awards on June 20. Each child explained why they like to read. “I like to read books in English and Spanish because I learn about everything,” said Jessica. Jensen said, “I like reading because sometimes it teaches you about different cultures.” Jenessa said, “It makes me smarter. I get interested in the story.”

Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra congratulates all of the award recipients for their hard work and dedication to reading. Earlier this month this service club distributed a book to every elementary student on the South Shore as part of the club’s Summer Reading Program. The program is designed to encourage children to continue to read during the summer recess.


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