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Class Act: Read Across America

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This week Helena participates in Read Across America.

The event kicked off this weekend and will go through Friday.  Beartooth NBC's Kelley Smith visited Sylvan Learning Center to watch kids participate in a page turning event in this weeks Class Act.  Reading is fun, that's the message of Read Across America and why Lasso the Moon kick started a week long reading event on Saturday, Dr. Seuss's birthday.  The fun has been going on all week at Sylvan Learning Center where kids have been doing several activities with books.

Sydnie Pontillo of Sylvan Learning Center says, "There's more to do with books than just reading them you can play with them too."

So, like every day this week, the kids let the games begin, this time, a fairy tale guessing game.

Pontillo says, "They'll be shown a picture just from different fairy tales and they have to guess which fairy tale it's from."

The kids were pretty good at it.  And they even got to experience a little friendly competition.

Pontillo says, "If they win the game they get to pick out a book."

The winner, 5th grader Brekken Schultz from Broadwater Elementary took home one of his favorite authors.

Schultz says, "I picked John Grisham's Theodore the Accused Boone."

The aim of the event is to help change kids attitudes toward reading.

Pontillo says, "A lot of them think oh, reading, ugh I don’t like any of the books my teachers have shown me, but this way they can see that there are different types of books, ones they could be interested in."

And when asked why he like to read this is what Schultz had to say.

Schultz says, "It's just fun."

It looks like their efforts might just be working.  These kids enthusiasm to have fun with books makes them a Class Act.  If you know anyone who you would like to nominate as a Class Act email us at


Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
Sponsored by Sylvan Learning Center of Helena.
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