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Rotary Read-In draws 75 readers from community
Approximately 70 community members came bearing books Friday afternoon to take part in the 19th annual Read-In staged by the Ceres Rotary Club.

Firefighters, teachers, administrators, businessmen and medical professionals showed up at 11 a.m. to read to students at all K-6 schools. The club recruits community readers through emails sent to the school district's email list and some principals put a notice in school newsletters. Typically the reader had some sort of connection to the school or Ceres school district, said Mary Jones, a district official and member of the Ceres Rotary Club who organized the Read-In.

"I think it went great," said Jones, who read to kindergartners and third-graders at Adkison Elementary School. "The readers enjoyed it and the kids had a great time. They all just express what a wonderful experience it is to get into the classrooms and meet with the kids."

Some of the readers ended up talking about their professions.

Each reader donated $20 for the purchase of a book for the school library where they read. District librarians picked out the book and matched it up with the reader.

School principals and school staff participated. Ceres Unified School District Supt. Walt Hanline and incoming superintedent Scott Siegel took turns reading as well as every other assistant superintendent. Others who read included Fire Marshal Bryan Nicholes, business people Dave and Liz Hosmer, Lonny Davis, Central Valley High School Principal Amy Peterman and many others.

Jones said her club values the program, noting that not all Rotary Clubs participate.