‘Family Reading Night’ generates enthusiasm

“Choose Kindness”was the theme for the evening at Hillsboro Elementary School’s annual Family Reading Night March 13.

Throughout the evening families heard the message of kindness via movies, games and songs.

Of the 318 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, 221 attended the event, according to Sandy Arnold, librarian.

“With all the helpers and staff and parents, we had close to 450 people,” she said.

After an introduction and welcome from Jill Siebert’s after-school guitar club, families dispersed to six stations throughout the school. At the stations, students watched videos based on library books. The stories were performed by HES fifth graders. Each video specifically addressed friendship, kindness, doing the right thing and giving.

Students also participated in the bookwalk, games, the book fair and food crafts.

As part of the theme, students participated in a “loose coin drive.” The money raised will be donated to buy books for Blanchette Elementary School in Texas which was hit by Hurricane Harvey.

Kids were challenged to raise more than $200 for the school; if they succeeded, Principal Evan Yoder would dress up as a chicken and do the chicken dance.

The students raised $204 for the Texas school

Near the end of the evening, students were treated with the appearance of their favorite band, Staff Infection. The band sang reading and kindness lyrics to the popular song, “Shut up and Dance with Me.”

Band members included USD 410 staff members: Brad Just (guitar), Jill Siebert (guitar), Galen Obermeyer (guitar), Tracy Boldt (keyboards), Robert Rempel (drums) and Julie Linnens and Evan Yoder (vocals).

Organizers were grateful to all staff members and other volunteers for their part in making the evening run smoothly. Cenex/Ampride was thanked for its donation of blow pops for the ever popular sucker pull.

That same evening, Wendy’s helped raise funds for the event. Twenty percent of the proceeds from families who ate there, were given back to the library to purchase materials.