All Rockets Read in Anna


By Jessica Witer - For the Sidney Daily News



Anna seventh-grade science teacher portraying Captain Perseverance Nate Barhorst, left, helps Anna eighth-grade social studies teacher John Bruce, both of Anna, after Barhorst dropped a stack of books during a race. The teachers performed for a group of Anna middle school students as part of the ongoing program “All Rocket Read,” Friday, Aug. 31. Anna students from elementary through 12th grade will be learning about reading for leisure, getting energized about reading, learning about perseverance and connecting activities in the classroom with activities in the community and at home.


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Liberty Davies, eighth-grader, daughter of Jason Davies and Krista Wolfe What I love most about reading is “you learn about all these characters and places that don’t exist in the real world.”


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Rebecca Barhorst, seventh-grader, daughter of Keith and Karen Barhorst What I love most about reading is “the adventures is takes you on.”


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Alexis Willeng, sixth-grader, daughter of Christopher Hale and Jacklyn Willeng My favorite book is “Wishing Day.”


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Rebekah Holsapple, eighth-grader, daughter of Karin Bok What I love most about reading is “escaping reality.”


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Brooke Metzler, sixth-grader, daughter of Tony and Julie Metzler My favorite book is “Because of Mr. Terupt.”


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Violet Aiken, seventh-grader, daughter of Jesse and Leslie Aiken My favorite book is “The Throne of Glass Novellas.”


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Meredith Klein, eighth-grader, daughter of Eric and Sarah Klein What I love most about reading is “it takes you to a world you may never get to see.”


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Noah Deeren, eighth-grader, son of Michael and Brooke Deeren My favorite book is “Redwall.”


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ANNA — Anna Middle School students stomped their feet and chanted as the teachers took their places in the gym to begin the kick-off to the school’s new program, “All Rockets Read.”

The kick-off began with the middle school Principal Cindy Endsley explaining the purpose and goals of “All Rockets Read”: to unify and instill the importance of perseverance by selecting a book that displays that theme, which will unite both the classroom and the students’ homes as conversations extend from one into the other.

All the teachers involved hope this will inspire students to read for leisure, connect activities in the classroom to the home, help different age groups connect around the theme of perseverance, and get students excited to read.

When asked the definition of “perseverance,” one student answered, “When something’s tough and you don’t give up.”

After this, they were ready for their demonstration. A few teachers ran with a banner, reading, “When the going gets tough,” which the students replied to by chanting, “The tough get going!”

The rest of the middle school teachers raced each other across the gym while balancing a large stack of books on one hand. John Bruce, eighth-grade American history teacher, stumbled and sent his books flying, at which he lost his temper and quit the race. Nathan Barhorst, seventh-grade science teacher and the head boys’ basketball coach, traded in these hats for a cape, and became Captain Perseverance.

After rushing to Bruce’s side, he encouraged him to pick up his books and complete the race despite being last, demonstrating to students that accomplishing your goals at all is what’s really important.

After the kick-off ended, the students collected their new books and returned to class. Grades 4-12 will be reading “The Exact Location of Home,” while the special education students will read “When Life Gives You OJ.”

The elementary is also participating, with grades 2 and 3 reading “When Life Gives You OJ” and K and 1 reading “How to Catch a Star.”

The program was initiated by Lisa McEldowney, elementary school librarian, and Missy Rivera, the middle and high school librarian. The year-long program will include a book fair, canned food drive, a children’s book contest, and a movie night at the park, among many other things.

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Anna seventh-grade science teacher portraying Captain Perseverance Nate Barhorst, left, helps Anna eighth-grade social studies teacher John Bruce, both of Anna, after Barhorst dropped a stack of books during a race. The teachers performed for a group of Anna middle school students as part of the ongoing program “All Rocket Read,” Friday, Aug. 31. Anna students from elementary through 12th grade will be learning about reading for leisure, getting energized about reading, learning about perseverance and connecting activities in the classroom with activities in the community and at home.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/09/web1_SDN090118Read1.jpgAnna seventh-grade science teacher portraying Captain Perseverance Nate Barhorst, left, helps Anna eighth-grade social studies teacher John Bruce, both of Anna, after Barhorst dropped a stack of books during a race. The teachers performed for a group of Anna middle school students as part of the ongoing program “All Rocket Read,” Friday, Aug. 31. Anna students from elementary through 12th grade will be learning about reading for leisure, getting energized about reading, learning about perseverance and connecting activities in the classroom with activities in the community and at home. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Liberty Davies, eighth-grader, daughter of Jason Davies and Krista Wolfe What I love most about reading is “you learn about all these characters and places that don’t exist in the real world.”
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/09/web1_DaviesLiberty.jpegLiberty Davies, eighth-grader, daughter of Jason Davies and Krista Wolfe What I love most about reading is “you learn about all these characters and places that don’t exist in the real world.” Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Rebecca Barhorst, seventh-grader, daughter of Keith and Karen Barhorst What I love most about reading is “the adventures is takes you on.”
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/09/web1_BarhorstRebecca.jpegRebecca Barhorst, seventh-grader, daughter of Keith and Karen Barhorst What I love most about reading is “the adventures is takes you on.” Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Alexis Willeng, sixth-grader, daughter of Christopher Hale and Jacklyn Willeng My favorite book is “Wishing Day.”
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/09/web1_WillingAlexis.jpegAlexis Willeng, sixth-grader, daughter of Christopher Hale and Jacklyn Willeng My favorite book is “Wishing Day.” Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Rebekah Holsapple, eighth-grader, daughter of Karin Bok What I love most about reading is “escaping reality.”
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/09/web1_Holsappleebekah.jpegRebekah Holsapple, eighth-grader, daughter of Karin Bok What I love most about reading is “escaping reality.” Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Brooke Metzler, sixth-grader, daughter of Tony and Julie Metzler My favorite book is “Because of Mr. Terupt.”
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/09/web1_MetzlerBrooke.jpegBrooke Metzler, sixth-grader, daughter of Tony and Julie Metzler My favorite book is “Because of Mr. Terupt.” Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Violet Aiken, seventh-grader, daughter of Jesse and Leslie Aiken My favorite book is “The Throne of Glass Novellas.”
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/09/web1_AikenViolet.jpegViolet Aiken, seventh-grader, daughter of Jesse and Leslie Aiken My favorite book is “The Throne of Glass Novellas.” Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Meredith Klein, eighth-grader, daughter of Eric and Sarah Klein What I love most about reading is “it takes you to a world you may never get to see.”
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/09/web1_KleinMeredith.jpegMeredith Klein, eighth-grader, daughter of Eric and Sarah Klein What I love most about reading is “it takes you to a world you may never get to see.” Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Noah Deeren, eighth-grader, son of Michael and Brooke Deeren My favorite book is “Redwall.”
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/09/web1_DeerenNoah.jpegNoah Deeren, eighth-grader, son of Michael and Brooke Deeren My favorite book is “Redwall.” Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

By Jessica Witer

For the Sidney Daily News

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.