ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA MARTENS
What better time to have a school party than the first week of May.
And that’s just what three teachers at Hillsboro Elementary School did for their students who completed an assignment to read books throughout the school year.
“They had to read biographies, fiction, Newberry Award books and mysteries-books like that,” said fourth-grade teacher Lenna Knoll.
But there was a twist to the assignment-students kept a bingo score card with book categories listed in each square. After a book was read, they made a notation in the appropriate square.
Each three-in-a-row combination entitled students to a bingo card at their special fourth-grade bingo party in the afternoon on May 2.
Smiling students squealing with enthusiasm were ushered in from recess to their seats in the school gymnasium where they each got a neon visor, bingo cards, and a cup filled with animal crackers, pretzels and M&Ms.
At the head of the party was principal Pat Call dressed in a colorful clown costume standing by the bingo cage and announcing the numbers.
Students were entertained by their three teachers also dressed in costumes.
Knoll, Gloria Winter, and Sunny McEwen were dressed as the “Neon Sisters” in bright neon wigs and equally flashy boa shoulder wraps. They were costumed to serenade the students with a song and keep the smiles on student’s faces during the party.
The fourth-graders were also surprised by a special guest visitor-Elvis, a.k.a. counselor Mike Moran.
The students won such neon prizes as pinwheels, sunglasses, punch balls, dragonfly bubbles, visors, beach balls and posters.