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Pg a 4 DJaciber 17:1998 Ouad City. HArald Mansfield breaks ground for new better opportunity J:br reading school bus garage - Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Thursday, December 10 for a new bus garage at Mansfield School. The dislrict had been without a place to store buses since moving to the existing building in the early 1980s, said district superintendent Mark Mansell. For lack of a better place the six buses were stored behind the building "That&apos;s a lot of money to have out in the weather," Mansell said. The buses also were vulnerable to vandals--qhey were among the targets in a city-wide vandalism spree earlier this month. A cinder block building (the old shop building) still stands at the site of the old Mansfield school. Manseli said district officials considered using that building for a maintenance office, but that building did not solve the problem of secure bus storage. The all-steel building will be'40 feet wide by 100 feet long and will have four separate bays, each holding two buses. Mansell said district officials hope to enclose one bay in the future, for use as a maintenance office. A fence will be built around the building in the spring. Concrete is being poured this week, Mansell said; the building is expected to be finished by the end of January or early February. The contractor is Western Ranch, Inc., of East Wenatchee. The bid for the new building was $67,000, Mansell said. Adding electricity and building the fence is expected to push the cost of the finished project to $80,00 to $85,000. Pateros scno levy con'| from page 1 patrons will be asked for their opinion prior to its adoption or rejection. Board membersapproveda proposal to allow Pateros students to start a wrestling team--in a way. Wrestlers will practice and go to meets with the Brewster High School team, but will wear Paleros colors and wrestle as Pc|eros students. Pateros students have participated in Brewster's wrestling program, as part of the Brewster Bears, for three or fouryears. When Pateros kids participate under those circumstances, the enrollment of both schools is used to determine the classification in which the combined team participates. Both Pateros and Brewster have grown; the combined enrollment would push the team into Class 2A. That would mean competing against much biggerschools and traveling long distances to meets neither of which appealed to Brewster district officials. Under the new plan,Pateros students will be coached by the Brewster coaches and go to meets with the Brewster team, but they will compete as Billygoats, in Pateros purple and gold. Pateros district officials will pay a $45 Washington I nterscholaslic Athletic Association (WIAA) fee. Wrestlers must buy their own uniforms. Beverly Zwar was tee leered as school board chairman for 1999. Tracy Miller was reelected 'as vice-chairman and Margaret Beyer was reelected as legislative chairman. Board members voted to hold the first meeting in January, scheduled, for Monday, January 11, at the Methow Community Club (the old Me|how school). The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. State grant gives t00:ddgeport stu, t ms This Christmas, give the gift of wireless... and we have a calling plan to fit anyone's lifestyle/ Offering eless anytime minutes per month for only $24.95. 120 wireless anytime minutes per month for only $29.95. 450 wireless anytime minutes per month for only $49.95. , With any of these plans, you 11get 1500 FREE minutes of airtime! t The AirTouch ,M Cellular Companion Plan: for just $6.95 per month! RADIO WEST KOZI CELUJLAR . 689.2805 "q,,l 123 E. JOHNSON, CHELAN e of ,t, wlce on select AIrTouch" Cellular annum cal ,;?.%': ":' r,',[::,,7'/"OO%:L=?, ',,,' ( cllulal Service The AirTouch ,M Cellular Companion Plan: Add a second analog line of service for just $6.95 per month! All offers require activation tee & new line uf sewIce on select AIrTouch" Cellular annum calling plal s on approva o cred t CompanlonPMn of|e ex I) r,,,s 2/3 t/q8 A other offer , expire I/t 0/09  Comes as 500 off-peak mlnule$ per month for 3 is built on reading, and teachers have always emphasized reading. In addition to reading at school it used to be that kids spent time with books, after school and in the summers. Books were the easiest and best way to voyage to far- away places. But in a world of television and computers and other things to do, reading does not attract children the way it once did In addition, children in some schools face the extra challenge of learning to read in an unfamiliar language.one they may be still learning to speak. Some of those kids go to Bridgeport Elementary School. Bridgeport was among the schools to qualify for a state grant to improve reading scores in state-mandated achievement tests. When they established areading program for fourth and fifth graders, district officials decided to enlist the talents of the earliest and most influentialteachers Morn and Dad, Grandpa and Grandma, big brother and big sister. Bridgeport fourth and fifth graders who are having trouble with the|treading bring their parents or another relative to school on weeknights, to read a story or a poem aloud, to practice words that give them difficulty The children and theirrelatives wiilcontinue to practice reading through the end of the school year. The classes are taught by AmeriCorps workers SherilynJacobsonandAdriana Lopez, both of Bridgeport. Adriana translated all the explanatory materials sent to parents into Spanish. During each one-hour class the children read aloud to their parents or other relative, but "the partner reading is only part of what we do," Jacobson said. The kids and adults also te turns reading a story aloud, and children practice vocabulary words. Writing instruction will be added later in the year, Jacobson said. When the year is over, the instructors hope to have Cheryl Schweizer photo Reading together, parents and children is the basis of the reading tutoring program at Bridgeport Elementary School. provided about 4,200 hours of extra instruction |call the children enrolled, she said. The goal is to get all the children reading at their grade level. "'Our whole program is what we call literature-based," Jacobson said; there are no reading textbooks. The children read from books they would get off the shelves at the library. Most of the books are about animals. The kids pick their own books to read aloud. The story read by the group is chosen by the teachers. In a recent class the children and adults read about a patchwork quilt, and the way a memories of a life are sewn up in the patches. After the story is finished, Lopez asks questions about it and what it means. Many chiidren,Jacobson said. know how to read the words but they dont understand what the words mean. Thus reading comprehension is strongly stressed----children study words they don't understand until meaning comes. Jacobson said the response from parents and children had been positive. "The kids were all gung-ho over this program."The parents were accepting and supportive, she said. Parent or family member involvement is"incredibly important.'" she said. Parents know their children better than anybody, know how to motivate them and how to keep them interested. Fabian RiDs and his mom Elisia both said they thought the classes had been valuable, and not only for Fabian. He is a good reader--Fabian is in a group that was found to be just below grade level--but he likes coming to class because "I learn how to read more." The classes have proven to be "good for me, too," El|sic RiDs said. "'Maybe in the year, my English will be better." Some parents who wanted to participate were stopped by a lack of' transportation, Jacobson said. The program has been extended to an after-school session, where children read and get help with their homework. Community volunteers are being solicited for the daytime program, especially between 3 and 4 p.m. Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of one hour per week for the rest of the school year. Training will be provided. People who are interested in volunleering can contact Jacobson or Lopez at Bridgeport school. Holiday hours for Youth group plans banquet _ . 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