RUMFORD – Students and staff at Rumford Elementary School recently held a Reading Is Fundamental book character celebration.

Students created book character decorations for each classroom. The entire school toured the building to see the characters. Students and staff dressed as book characters.

Each student selected a free book. Titles ranged from the Pokemon books to Caldecott and Newbery award winners.

On Nov. 17, students and staff voted by secret ballot for their favorite book character. The library was decorated with three voting booths. The first-place winner was Dan Patterson’s second-grade class.

They designed a three-dimensional Spongebob decoration. Barbara DeSalle’s third-grade class was the second-place winner with the Headless Horsemen. Her class also wrote why they thought the Headless Horseman would win. In third place was Ann Breau’s fourth-grade class with Scooby-Doo.

Reading is Fundamental is a federally-supported program that provides students with free books. District RIF Coordinator Carol Thibeault, RES Librarian Eileen Broderick, volunteers Jessi Arsenault, Stacy Steward and Shannon Higley helped with the RIF program.

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