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April 19, 2014

New Castle Schools: Second-grader recognized for reading 200 books

NEW CASTLE — Alexandra Browne of New Castle could very well be Lawrence County’s youngest bookworm.

The petite, curly-haired 8-year-old was summoned to the New Castle school board meeting Monday with her parents, Rochelle and Ted Browne, to receive the district’s Pride and Promise award for April.

Her principal, Carmen Nocera, commended the John F. Kennedy school second-grader for having read at least 200 books.

The school has a children’s reading group called the 25er’s Club where they read 25 books and take reading comprehension tests on the ones they’ve read, Nocera explained.

Brown well surpassed the required number of 25 books with her 200.

“I’d like to thank you and I’d especially like to thank Mr. Sarandrea for having me,” Brown said as she was introduced.

Some of her readings were chapter books. She also read the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, and other books for the Scholastic Reading Counts tests.

Alexandra’s parents said she has been reading since she was 4 years old.

April’s other Pride and Promise awards went to four teachers at George Washington Intermediate Elementary School, who, according to principal Joe Anderson, share a deep passion for their work.

They are art teacher Ryan Miller, music teacher Karmin Dando, librarian Rosemary Maggie and physical education teacher Chris Kwolek.

They were nominated by one of their peers, Steve Cialella, a fourth-grade teacher.

“They’re what I’d call everything good about this district,” Cialella told the school board. “They go above and beyond and don’t ask for anything in return. There’s not a broken bat in the lineup.”


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