Geiger/Montello Night of Stars shines May 5

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LEWISTON ­ — Dozens of Montello Elementary School students will be stars for the evening on Wednesday, May 5, as the Geiger/Montello Adopt-A-School Partnership celebrates its 22nd annual Night of the Stars at Lewiston Middle School, 75 Central Ave.

The annual celebration is an Oscar-style awards ceremony recognizing the most talented young writers from among Montello Elementary School’s more than 750 kindergarten through sixth-grade students. Honored writers will arrive in stretch limousines, provided by Crown Limousine Service, from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a two-hour award ceremony in the middle school auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

“The cornerstone of all education is a student’s ability to read and write,” said Peter Geiger, executive vice president of Geiger. “The enthusiasm we put into this special evening is in keeping with the quality of teaching and writing exhibited at Montello School.”

The theme for this year’s gala is “Imagine, Discover, Grow.” The 52 young writers whose work was selected as representing the “best of the best” from among their peers will have their work published in a printed anthology, to be distributed at the door. Among this year’s winners are 20 past honorees, including eight students who will take the stage for the third time.

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The Night of the Stars is the signature event of the Geiger/Montello Partnership, dedicated to raising aspirations and recognizing excellence among the students of Montello Elementary School. The partnership began in 1988, when Peter Geiger pioneered the Adopt-A-School program, which has since grown to include other area businesses and schools.

Since then, Geiger associates have mentored Montello students through career days, Junior Achievement classes, job shadowing, e-mail buddy correspondence, lunchtime visits and gift drives, among other activities.

In addition to honoring student writers, this year’s Night of the Stars anthology will be dedicated to Jeanne LaCourse, who has donated her lighting services to the Night of the Stars for the past 15 years.

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