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Frohardt Elementary had its first Read Across the Community event on Nov. 5. Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer, Granite City firefighter David Cook, Six Mile Library District youth services librarian Jennifer Conroy, Granite City School District Superintendent Jim Greenwald and Granite City Police Lt. Jenna De Yong were among people who attended.
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Parents and children look at the bulletin board of veterans’ memorabilia during the Frohardt Elementary Donuts For Vets event on Nov. 10.
GRANITE CITY — In a span of five days, Frohardt Elementary School had a pair of big events.
On Nov. 5, Frohardt had the Read Across The Community program, where several people from Granite City read books to the children for an hour and a half. Five days later, the school had a Veterans Day event called Donuts For Vets, where they treated 50 veterans to doughnuts and orange juice and had a display of memorabilia and pictures from the veterans.
Title teachers Jennifer Meznarich and Brandi Bartling were the coordinators of the Read Across the Community program. Meznarich, who has been a Title teacher in the Granite City School District for six years, said she and Bartling have been planning the event for more than a month.
“It was great,” Meznarich said. “Our goal was to get members of the community involved with school and promote reading for our students. We wanted them to come and talk about how reading is important to them and how they use it in their job and they got to interact with the kids while they read a story. They got to discuss how reading is important and talk about their jobs. It was a great way for the community and the school to get together and have fun.”
Granite City School District Superintendent Jim Greenwald, Mayor Ed Hagnauer, Six Mile Library District youth services librarian Jennifer Conroy, Granite City Police Lt. Jenna De Yong and Granite City firefighter David Cook were in attendance.
“They each had a different book and they were in separate classrooms,” Frohardt Principal Terry Mitchell said. “They would read the book and a group of people would rotate to the next room and listen to the book. After they were all done, they’ve got to see every book read. It was a blast. We had a great time.”
Greenwald said he gives Mitchell credit for organizing the event.
“It was a really great event,” the superintendent said. “We were just wanting to promote reading and talk about how reading is so important. I make the statement all of the time, ‘If you can’t read, you can’t learn.’”
The Donuts For Vets event lasted from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 10.
“Students invited relatives who are veterans and or currently serving in the armed forces to come in and enjoy a doughnut and some juice,” said Deanne Laub, who teaches kindergarten at Frohardt. “There were displays of memorabilia from various wars and armed forces set up for them to peruse. Veterans had fun mingling with other veterans and service people, sharing stories of their experiences. A couple of veterans who knew each other before deploying many years ago and had lost touch with each other were reunited through their grandsons, who are friends now.”