By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Children join in Stop, Drop and Read

The kindergarten through fifth-graders joined other people, young and old, in the second-annual Stop, Drop and Read.

Sponsored by Reading for All and local libraries, the event encourages people to develop a love of reading. Similar Stop, Drop and Read activities were held at the same time at the McMinnville Public Library, on the U.S. Bank Plaza, at the Sheridan Japanese School and at other locations around Yamhill County and several other counties.

At Newby, kids enjoyed the 15-minute event. But they would have been glad to spend the time reading without the special event — or even the exciting, big, red fire engine with its siren blaring.

“I like to read!” said Zoe Corff, a third-grader in Ericka Rada’s class. On Tuesday, she was reading “The Doorbell Rang” by Pat Hutchins.

“I can go to different worlds when I read,” Zoe said. “It’s just fun.”

Her classmate, Mia Garcia, opened a book called “Judy Moody.”

“I pretty much like to read,” she said. “There’s so much information, so much stuff that’s interesting.”

Tyler Henson picked a “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” book recommended by his friend John. He said he likes to read picture books and chapter books, such as the Magic Treehouse or Goosebumps series.

In a nearby classroom, second-graders sat at their desks absorbed in a variety of books. Some were fictional, but many were non-fiction, imparting information about reptiles, scenic wonders, the rainforest, volcanoes or places such as Washington, D.C.

“I like to read ‘cause I like to hear all the different stories,” Conner Payne said. He is fond of Harry Potter books, but he chose “Five Days to Go” for Stop, Drop and Read.

Itzell Gasca Rivera, another second-grader, read a book about “The Big Bad Butcher.” She said it was more funny than scary.

She ticked off a list of reasons she likes to read, starting with “Because I get smarter” and ending with “I find interesting books.”

At 1:45 p.m., as Stop, Drop and Read concluded, students reluctantly closed their books and returned to their regular lessons.

Principal Dave Carlson’s voice came over the intercom.

“I hope you had fun reading!” he said. “I hope you had a hard time stopping!”

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