Sun, blue skies and good books |

Sun, blue skies and good books

Mike McKibbin
Citizen Telegram Editor
Mike McKibbin/Citizen Telegram
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A blue, sunshine-filled Colorado day greeted about 60 students from Highland Elementary School and their parents on Friday, Sept. 20, as they gathered to read books at Cottonwood Springs Mobile Home Park and then Davidson Park, adjacent to the school in Rifle.

The reading in the park event was the idea of fourth grade teacher Shannon McKee and kindergarten teacher Kendra Ritter.

“We both share a passion for reading, at school and outside school,” McKee said.

“And we wanted to have fun with the kids” on the school’s day off, under the four-day school week calendar in Garfield School District Re-2, Ritter said.

McKee added that “any time you read, it helps improve” the school’s reading standards test scores.

With some 30 kids turning out to read at each location, McKee said they may hold another “read-in-the-park” event next spring.

“And other schools have said they want to know about it,” Ritter added.

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