CENTREVILLE — During awards programs and promotion ceremonies this June, the Friends of Queen Anne’s County Library were delighted to be able to honor one student at each county elementary school as a “Reading Pro.” This award acknowledges one 4th- or 5th-grade student at each of the six schools who demonstrated significant achievement in reading and language arts, as selected by teachers and reading specialists at each school.

This is the fourth year that the Friends have honored notable students at each school. This year’s Reading Pro awards were sponsored by the Friends’ generous local partners: Christ Episcopal Church Day School, Kent Island Elks Lodge and Shore United Bank.

The recipients of the Friends of Queen Anne’s County Library Reading Pro awards for 2019 are: Anthony Lazo, Bayside Elementary; Reagan Lord, Church Hill Elementary; Jimmy Mejia, Grasonville Elementary; Macey Peterson, Kennard Elementary; Angie Fajardo Rodriguez, Matapeake Elementary; and Lorena Reinoso Dias, Sudlersville Elementary.

Local author and Friends of the Library member Dr. Carol Franks-Randall coordinates the Reading Pro program.

“Promoting literacy is a common vision shared by schools and libraries,” noted Dr. Franks-Randall. “By collaborating to honor students who have improved their language arts skills as Reading Pros, the Friends of Queen Anne’s County Library and the Queen Anne’s County Public Schools can jointly advance this goal.”

Matapeake Elementary School reading specialist Jennifer Osborne added, “The Reading Pro award is given to a student who has put forth considerable effort to improve his or her own reading. They have taken it upon themselves to take charge of their learning through hard work and perseverance. The recognition gained from this award should encourage them to continue their learning in all subject areas.”

To encourage them to continue their positive reading habits, each Reading Pro received a certificate, a Barnes & Noble gift card, and coupons for free books from the Friends’ Used Book Nooks at Centreville and Kent Island library branches.

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