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Posted: February 29, 2012

Executive Women International Partners with Hodgin ES to Support Literacy

Executive Women International, an APS Education Foundation Join-a-School partner to Hodgin ES, planned and implemented a Reading Rally for all second graders to inspire a love of reading. Books and prizes for winning writers were handed out at the event.

Members of the Executive Women International and the Q Active 20-30 Club are shown prior to the beginning of the Hodgin ES 2nd Grade Reading Rally


A Reading Rally on February 23 offered lots of excitement for Hodgin ES 2nd graders.  The event started with EWI President Myra Herrmann welcoming students and engaging them in a discussion about books and reading.  A read aloud by community reader Danny Martin, a former Lobo athlete, followed.   Then children had the opportunity to look through and select a new hardback book to take home.  All of the students were also given a bag of school supplies that included scissors, crayons, glue, rulers, etc., for projects and assignments.

Prizes of $25 gift cards to Barnes & Noble were given out to the students who wrote winning stories about the library mouse Sam, who discovers the joy of writing. Executive Women International focuses on literacy and educational scholarships; the group feels that each child's success in school and in society is dependent on the ability to read and write.  Thanks so much to EWI and also two other groups that supported the event.  The Q Active 20-30 Club provided some volunteers for the event and Business Environments donated the Library Mouse classroom books and composition books for the writing competition.