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As school draws to an end


Last updated 6/14/2007 at Noon

The second annual “Kids Take Over School Day” at Live Oak Elementary School was held Friday, June 1. The “Take Over” marked the end of the school year’s Accelerated Reading Program.

Students competed for different “positions” on staff and were chosen based on points they collected through out the year in the Accelerated Reading Program. Students holding the top points were awarded positions on staff and treated to a luncheon. On Friday they assumed their positions, which they held for the entire day. The “teachers” taught their students; the “office staff” answered phones, checked in visitors and took care of daily business; the “principal and vice principal” held meetings; the “librarian” checked books in and out; and the “janitor” attended to maintenance issues.

“It’s lots of fun; we get to have meetings,” said “Principal” Matt Luerman, who said he wants to be a lawyer one day.

“I think it’s thrilling,” said “Vice Principal” Tyler Russell. “Our vice principal says I am taking her job away.” When asked if becoming principal or vice principal was something he might want to do someday, Tyler shrugged his shoulders and said, “Maybe, but first I think I might want to be a teacher.”

Louisa Ballif had her eye on the “Librarian” position from the start of the year. “This is really fun; I competed against others kids and won,” she said, smiling.

Librarian Laurie Andersen, who heads the program, thanked the PTA for raising funds to support the program. “Students receiving 100 points or more are added to the Hall of Fame,” she said. “We also have purchased a new wall plaque which will have the names of the top three students for each grade level engraved on it.”

“Kids Take Over School Day,” “Dr. Suess Day,” “Read Across America Contest” and the “Wildlife Program” are all part of Live Oak’s Literacy Program.

“I would like to compliment Laurie Andersen for designing the literacy program,” Principal Tom Rhine said. “She has done an incredible job with both the students and the different events. The enthusiasm and excitement the students have for the Accelerated Reading Program has made this such a success.”


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