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Special guests help Gurnee school celebrate National Reading Day

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  • New Warren Township High School Principal Michele Batola reads "Iggy Peck, Architect" by Andrea Beaty to fourth- and fifth-grade students at Woodland Intermediate School in Gurnee as part of National Reading Day.

      New Warren Township High School Principal Michele Batola reads "Iggy Peck, Architect" by Andrea Beaty to fourth- and fifth-grade students at Woodland Intermediate School in Gurnee as part of National Reading Day.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • The Warren Blue Devil mascot listens to Principal Michele Batola read to students at Woodland Intermediate School's National Reading Day. Members of the police and fire departments, school principals and mayors took time out to read to students.

      The Warren Blue Devil mascot listens to Principal Michele Batola read to students at Woodland Intermediate School's National Reading Day. Members of the police and fire departments, school principals and mayors took time out to read to students.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Woodland Intermediate School fourth-grader Sofia Pineda joins her classmates as they listen to Gurnee Police Officer Robert Lietz read at the Gurnee school's National Reading Day, Jan. 23.

      Woodland Intermediate School fourth-grader Sofia Pineda joins her classmates as they listen to Gurnee Police Officer Robert Lietz read at the Gurnee school's National Reading Day, Jan. 23.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
 

Everybody loves to be read to, and it was no different for fourth- and fifth-grade students at Woodland Intermediate School last week.

Members of the police and fire departments, school principals and medical professionals took time out to read to students at the Gurnee school as part of National Reading Day Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Gurnee Fire Department inspector Katie Hammond reads "Diary of a Worm" by Doreen Cronin to fourth- and fifth-grade students at Woodland Intermediate School.
  Gurnee Fire Department inspector Katie Hammond reads "Diary of a Worm" by Doreen Cronin to fourth- and fifth-grade students at Woodland Intermediate School. - Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

"We read the 'Diary of a Worm' because the kids really wanted it. It's fun to teach to kids that we still have to read and do math and science in our jobs. I think it is important that they know that just because we are done with school that learning doesn't stop," said Katie Hammond, fire inspector with the Gurnee Fire Department. "I think that they enjoyed someone from the community come in to read to them."

Gurnee Fire Department inspector Katie Hammond reads "Diary of a Worm" by Doreen Cronin to fourth- and fifth-grade students at Woodland Intermediate School.
  Gurnee Fire Department inspector Katie Hammond reads "Diary of a Worm" by Doreen Cronin to fourth- and fifth-grade students at Woodland Intermediate School. - Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

The students moved in close and listened intently as readers from the community read to them from books like "Iggy Peck, Architect" by Andrea Beaty, "Read All About It" by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush and "The Mitten" by Jan Brett.

Gurnee Fire Department inspector Katie Hammond shows students illustrations from "Diary of a Worm" by Doreen Cronin.
  Gurnee Fire Department inspector Katie Hammond shows students illustrations from "Diary of a Worm" by Doreen Cronin. - Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

"I love how people that work in other places like the fire department can came in to read to me," said Nicole Weintroub after listening to Hammond read "Diary of a Worm" by Doreen Cronin. "It was about a worm that had a diary and each day he wrote something different about his day. I like to read and my favorite book is 'Smile' by Raina Telgemeier."

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