OXFORD — The Oxford Hills Reading is Fundamental Programs celebrated another successful read-a-thon for SAD 17 students in grades K-6 by raising more than $13,000. An ice cream social was held to recognize this year's outstanding read-a-thon participants. One hundred eight students were invited for either raising $50 or more or being a top-place reader within the district. This is the largest number invited in many years.
Awards were given for top pledges and readers within the district. Top readers for grades K to three: first, Amber Perrin, Oxford School; second, Tayanita McAllister, Oxford; third, Trinity Anne Bernard, Rowe. Top readers for grades four to six: first, Jade Keene, Rowe; second, Rylee Hart, Rowe; third, Zack Wilson, Paris. Top pledges for grades K through three: first, Kolby Brown, Rowe; second, Ayden Figueroa, West Paris; third, Molly Kimball, Rowe. Top pledges for grades four through six: Sam Morton, Rowe; second, Jade Keene, Rowe; third, Jessica Bickford, Oxford.
The following students were invited to the ice cream social this year. Agnes Gray: Kimberly Richards, Ayden Figueroa, Makila Brown and Wade Ryder; Guy E. Rowe: Sam Morton, Grace Barker, Meredith Hawthorne, Elizabeth Hill, Molly Kimball, Jacob Small, Louis Senecal, Logan Clark, Logan Keene, Slade Meserve, Trinity Anne Bernard, Grace Eskildsen, Gage Hodgdon, Deja Bennett, Derek Paine, Avery Hilden, Hannah Lovell, Tyler Britton, Ciara Rice, Abram Sweeney, Carlee Cash, Anastasia Hill, Allegra Meagher, Reece Morin, Lauren Morin, Kolby Brown, Elijah Austin, Ashlyn Jones, Janai Hoesa, Jade Keene, Caden Poland, Colin Barker and Rylee Hart; Harrison: Shane Fellows, Kayleigh Maddocks, Kira Kennison and Quinn Schifferstein; Hebron Station: Jonathan Crump, Sara Geyer, Darin Trundy, Olivia Kyllonen, Cole Pulkkinen, Noah Pratt, Dru Rawlings, Ryan Vachon and Ashley Campbell; Otisfield: Cameron Worden, Brennen Ellis, Michael Frey and Grady Bean; Oxford School: Darien Hunton, Emily Corbett, Jessica Bickford, Paige Lord, Kaleb Martin, Anna Chaloult, Jason Boulet-Hunter, Wynter Smith, Keith Howard, Thomas Richards, Tayanita McAllister, Benjamin Britton, Amber Eppinger, Kaydence Gibbs, Mallory Gordon, Georgia Wright, Korbin Cyr, Destiny Eppinger, Sebastien Vallee, Grey Vanderwood, Nicholas Wilson, Payton Heaward, Damian Martin, Elana Pierce, Alex Roberts, Cole Lord, Elise Storer, Madison Gordon and Amber Perrin; Paris: Brooklyn Manson, Katianna Corbett, Carter Holbrook, Eliot Norton, Owen Smith, Evan Poliquin, Emily Reed, Jordan Sawyer, Bayleigh Young, Nate Kesseli, Camden Rowell, Zachary Corbett, Damion Davis, Mitchell McGarry, Marissa Sheehan, Connor Corbett, Hannah Hatch, Culiandra Nero, Coley Barker, Lauren Kimball, Sydney Rowell and Zack Wilson; Waterford: Chloe Ward, Ella Noonan, Devin Grover, Alexandria Snow, Lauren Hewson and Zoe Stearns-Boutilier.
The RIF Program provides three free books for students K-six district wide a year, totalling 6,000 books. A grant and participation in the read-a-thon makes this possible. Each school relies on volunteers to hand out books three times a year. Representatives are Beth Roakes, Hebron; Sarah Wilson, Paris; Darlene Rogers, Agnes Gray; Michelle Huckins, Otisfield; Jen Edwards, Harrison; Dorene Vail, Guy E. Rowe; Samantha Murch and Katelyn Merrill, Waterford; and Lucy Pike, Oxford. To volunteer, contact Dorene Vail at 527-2335.