Justus Gage promotes reading, eating togetherPublished 9:27am Friday, October 2, 2009
Monday, Sept. 28, Justus Gage Elementary School families observed “Family Dinner Day” by eating together at home or at a restaurant.
If the whole family couldn’t be together due to other commitments, children were asked to sit down with available family members to share more than meals.
After dinner, either read a book to your child or have them read to you, was the assignment from library paraprofessional Vickie Herter.
Then they filled out forms at the bottom of an explanatory note.
Every student who returned the form received a prize.
Restaurants which donated included Wick’s Apple House, Round Oak, MiMi Sarducci’s, Timberline Inn, Cap’t Jack’s Redwood Inn, Zeke’s, Lindy’s and Lutz’s.
In addition, Ronda Sullivan, McDonald’s manager, donated 250 $1 gift certificates.
The forms put the child’s name in a drawing on Thursday, Oct. 1.
Herter said Nick at Nite and TV Land back “Family Dinner Day” to promote the ida that kids who eat dinner every night with their families and read together are less likely to do drugs.
The national initiative reminds parents that what your kids really want at the dinner table is you.
Kindergarten, Mrs. Frank, 14-inch pizza from Lindy’s – James McConnell.
First grade, Mrs. Northrop, $20 gift certificate from Round Oak – Jonathon Springsteen.
Second grade, Mrs. Truitt, $20 gift certificate from Zeke’s – MaKayla Mellema.
Third grade, Mrs. Crowl, $25 to Cap’t. Jack’s at Sister Lakes – Jared Peters.
Fourth grade, Mrs. Hartsig, an extra-large pizza, cheese bread and two drinks from MiMi Sarducci’s – Taylor Mcafee.
Fifth grade, Mr. Henry, two pizzas from Lutz’s – Alyssa Eblin.
Herter said 179 students participated.
Nancy Crowl’s class had the most participation, 17 students.
Wick’s Apple House donated a gift basket full of jams, jellies and other goodies.