2013-03-14 / Top News

Linton Elementary School students take part in ‘Read Around the Planet’ and ‘Read Across North Dakota’


Linton High School ITV Coordinator Mrs. Sandra Meidinger (far right) and Linton K-4 Reading Coach Mrs. Denise Pfeifer (back) coordinated Linton’s participation in “Read Around the Planet.” Students in Mrs. Jaime Richter’s third grade class exchanged reading with third grade students from a school in LaFargeville, N.Y., on Feb. 27. Members of the class include back row (left to right) Noah Nieuwsma, Taysia Aberle, Erin Kelsch, Logan Barnes, Angeline Vetter, Kimberly Gefroh, JayCee Richter, Callie Hase and Dean Vetter; front row, Brock Kelsch, Ericka Bosch, Nautica Geestman, Teegan Scherr, Hunter Mattheis and Bailey Sletten. Missing from the photo is Jenna Bosch. Linton High School ITV Coordinator Mrs. Sandra Meidinger (far right) and Linton K-4 Reading Coach Mrs. Denise Pfeifer (back) coordinated Linton’s participation in “Read Around the Planet.” Students in Mrs. Jaime Richter’s third grade class exchanged reading with third grade students from a school in LaFargeville, N.Y., on Feb. 27. Members of the class include back row (left to right) Noah Nieuwsma, Taysia Aberle, Erin Kelsch, Logan Barnes, Angeline Vetter, Kimberly Gefroh, JayCee Richter, Callie Hase and Dean Vetter; front row, Brock Kelsch, Ericka Bosch, Nautica Geestman, Teegan Scherr, Hunter Mattheis and Bailey Sletten. Missing from the photo is Jenna Bosch. Second and Third Grade students at Linton Elementary School recently participated in the “Read Around the Planet” and “Read Across North Dakota” programs.

Read Around the Planet 2013 is a celebration of the National Education Association’s “Read Across America,” which was held Feb. 25-March 8. The event is an opportunity for teachers and students around the globe to cross traditional classroom boundaries in celebrating literacy and reading.


Students in Mrs. Joan Hettich’s second grade class exchanged reading with fourth grade students from Montpelier Public School on Feb. 20. Members of the class are back row (left to right), Mrs. Hettich, Landyn Sauter, Matthew Lauinger, Trace King, Derek Vetter, Seth Blaze and Jonathan Pearce; front row, Nathan Holzer, Ariana Pfaff, Robyn Huizenga, Aubrianna Byers, Paige Hulm and ShayLee Bosch. Students in Mrs. Joan Hettich’s second grade class exchanged reading with fourth grade students from Montpelier Public School on Feb. 20. Members of the class are back row (left to right), Mrs. Hettich, Landyn Sauter, Matthew Lauinger, Trace King, Derek Vetter, Seth Blaze and Jonathan Pearce; front row, Nathan Holzer, Ariana Pfaff, Robyn Huizenga, Aubrianna Byers, Paige Hulm and ShayLee Bosch. Through the use of real time point-to-point videoconferencing technology, the event connects classrooms (students) around the world by celebrating literacy through sharing their favorite story, skit, poem, or literacy works.

Mrs. Denise Pfeifer, K-4 Reading Coach at Linton Elementary School, and Linton High School ITV Coordinator Mrs. Sandra Meidinger, organized the event for Linton School, using the ITV system to interact with students in other schools.


Students in Mrs. Lori Jacob’s second grade class exchanged reading with second grade students from Glen Ullin Public School on Feb. 20. Members of the class are back row (left to right), Elizabeth Stoppler, Kaylee Weninger, Aaron Hoff-Wald, Loren Winder, Lacey Bosch, Mrs. Jacob and Abigail Percel-Klein; front row, Landon Schumacher, Isaac Brindle, Justin Martin, Garett Zink, Saydee Aberle, Wyatt Schwab and Natalie Ballensky. Students in Mrs. Lori Jacob’s second grade class exchanged reading with second grade students from Glen Ullin Public School on Feb. 20. Members of the class are back row (left to right), Elizabeth Stoppler, Kaylee Weninger, Aaron Hoff-Wald, Loren Winder, Lacey Bosch, Mrs. Jacob and Abigail Percel-Klein; front row, Landon Schumacher, Isaac Brindle, Justin Martin, Garett Zink, Saydee Aberle, Wyatt Schwab and Natalie Ballensky. Linton participated in Read Across North Dakota on Feb. 20, where second grade students in Mrs. Lori Jacob’s class exchanged reading with second grade students at Glen Ullin Public School; and students from Mrs. Joan Hettich’s second grade class exchanged reading with fourth grade students at Montpelier Public School.


Third grade students from LaFargeville (NY) Central School read and act out “Green Eggs and Ham” to Linton third graders via ITV during “Read Around the Planet.” Third grade students from LaFargeville (NY) Central School read and act out “Green Eggs and Ham” to Linton third graders via ITV during “Read Around the Planet.” Linton third grade students (from Mrs. Jaime Richter’s class) participated in Read Around the Planet on Feb. 27, where they exchanged reading with Mr. Anthony Augliano’s third grade class from LaFargeville (NY) Central School. The Linton students recited “Partner Poems” while the New York students read and acted out Dr. Seuss’s classic book, “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Following the reading presentations, the students were able to ask each other questions about their respective schools, and students on both ends were surprised at the differences and similarities between their schools.

LaFargeville is located in northern New York on the east side of Lake Ontario, and about 15 miles from Canada. LaFargeville is a farming community, and has a population of about 2,700 people. The students said the closest shopping center is Syracuse, which is about 75 miles south of LaFargeville.

LaFargeville Central has about 600 students (K-12), and the school’s nickname is the Red Knights. La- Fargeville has several athletic programs offered at the school, but they do not include football, wrestling or track. LaFargeville does have soccer, baseball and softball as varsity sports. The Linton students were also treated to a slide show tour of LaFargeville Central School.

The New York students were surprised that Linton was smaller than their city, and that North Dakota has several small communities, and very few large cities. The students enjoyed communicating with each other, while sharing information about their communities and schools.

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