Lin-Wood reading trio tours statehouse

December 23, 2013
LINCOLN — With national and state recognition for academic excellence, dedicated students and staff have given Lin-Wood Public Schools an excellent reputation. Additional good news arrived earlier this month, thanks to a national reading challenge.

Gale Adams, Director of Elementary Education, spoke about the reading program and the trip to Concord.

The district was approached in May to participate in the Scholastic Summer Challenge. Scholastic Book Company is an international publisher with a focus on children. Their motto is "Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life."

Adams said Scholastic works with schools around the country to promote summer reading. The company provided Lin-Wood "over 100 books," Adams said, then issued students a challenge. Those who read more than 100 hours over the summer could have lunch with Tom Hassan, the First Gentleman of New Hampshire.

Three Lin-Wood students met the program requirements. Earlier this month, they had pizza with Hassan, who then read "Tacky the Penguin" with the kids. The day included "a private tour of the statehouse, with some really neat inside information," Adams said.

"It was an incredibly delightful time," Adams said. The lunch, which occurred in the Executive Council chambers, was special, even before a guest arrived. Governor Maggie Hassan joined in on the fun. "We didn't know that we'd also get to meet the Governor," Adams happily noted.

With National Blue Ribbon School designation, Lin-Wood Elementary benefits from a supportive community, Adams said. The U.S. Department of Education has bestowed the Blue Ribbon honor on less than 300 schools nationwide.

K through 12th grade students attend Lin-Wood at two buildings on one campus.

Adams discussed a new enrichment opportunities focus at Lin-Wood. The program offers a chance to support students across all performance levels. Enrichment is meant "to get them to reach higher and meet their potential," Adams said.

Regarding the people of Lincoln and Woodstock, Adams said, "Everyone is so supportive. It truly is a village." She believes children can learn a devotion to reading when the community provides strong support and motivation.

National Americorps volunteers are another positive influence at Lin-Wood, Adams said. The "top notch young adults" give kids further opportunities for learning and growth, she suggested. Americorps participants help during the school day, in after school programs, and even athletics, Adams said.

Adams said the statehouse trip was further great news for Lin-Wood. Across the whole campus, she concluded, "We've been really blessed."

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