Tag Archives: Wicomico County

Community Baby Shower a Literacy Success

Give aways books on table

Salisbury, MD — There was a lot of energy in the air during the Community Baby Shower hosted by the Wicomico County Judy Center at the Christian Outreach Center on Gordy Road Saturday morning. Families expecting a little one in the future were invited to learn of the different services in supporting the upbringing of their future child.

Eastern Shore Literacy Association member MaryKate Ford is shown sharing about early literacy books to one family attending the Community Baby Shower sponsored by the Wicomico County Public Schools’ Judy Center.

Other community groups in attendance included: Amazing Grace Daycare, Amerigroup, Birth to Five, Chesapeake Health Care, Cross Pointe Nazarene, Department of Social Services, Focus Point, Frog Street: Love & Learn, Grace Center for Maternal and Women’s Health, Jordan Child Development Center, Kenisha Fletcher Photography, Lead4Life Inc., Local Management Board, Lower Shore Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, Maryland EXCELS, PRMC: Labor & Delivery, Shore Grace Family Wellness, Wicomico County Health Department, Wicomico County Public Library, and Wraparound Maryland Inc.

 

Reading Council Announce Young Authors’ Contest Winners

Author Sharon Flake shares a message about perseverance with her own writing to inspire students at the Eastern Shore Reading Councils annual Young Authors’ Contest celebration.

Salisbury, Md. – The Eastern Shore Reading Council (ESRC) filled the Wicomico Room at the Guerrieri Student Union at Salisbury University Thursday evening to a standing only crowd to announce the 2018 Young Authors’ Contest winners. Receiving entries from 28 public and private schools on the Shore’s lower three counties, the contest continues to become more and more competitive as the quality of writing is improving among entries.

“We are very proud of the students who entered this year’s contest,” Dr. Brian Cook, ESRC Young Authors’ Contest Co-Chair, stated in a release. He indicated the contest was comprised of students in grades 2-12 and two categories, poetry and short story, available in each of those grade levels. Those invited for the awards ceremony received a finalist postcard notifying them they were a top three place winner. “Anytime you can highlight a child who is working and challenging themselves to improve their writing is a huge win. Many of our students here tonight were first time winners and were beaming as they came up to receive their award; it was truly exciting.”

Prior to receiving their awards finalists were inspired by the words of award winning author Sharon Flake. Flake focuses her work on young adult literature and articulated the power of perseverance and to never stop writing to the children.

Shown below are winners by grade and category:

Elementary (Grades 2-5)

Place
Name
Title
School
Grade 2
Poetry
1
Benjamin Williams
Dear Dragon
Ocean City Elementary
2
Chloe Holland
Unicorn Unicorn
Ocean City Elementary
3
Ben Rafinski
In The Future
Worcester Prep
Grade 2
Short Story
1
Rani Yonker
The Adventures of Max and Elliott
Worcester Prep
2
Emilia McGrew
The Little Leaf
The Salisbury School
3
Scarlett Shimko
The Puppy Rescue Club
Worcester Prep
Grade 3
Poetry
1
Araya Sunshine Harrison
Superheroes
Holly Grove Christian School
2
Lucas Swenson
Brothers
North Salisbury Elementary
3
Anson Todd
Mom-Mom Cindy’s Food is Made with Love
Northwestern Elementary
Grade 3
Short Story
1
Mason Catellier
Superonion and Mr. Cheeseman’s Final Battle
North Salisbury Elementary
2
Luna Tapia-Martinez
Video Gaming Santa
Delmar Elementary
3
Todd Bao
The Defender of Mount Magna
Pocomoke Elementary
Grade 4
Poetry
1
Alice Terrill
A Pencil and Paper
The Salisbury School
2
Savannah Aralyn Wertz
Boogie Board Beach Bum
Snow Hill Middle
3
Katlyn M. Hornsby
Autumn
North Salisbury Elementary
Grade 4
Short Story
1
Maddi Luffman
Best Friends
Pittsville Elementary & Middle
2
Ayla Yonker
The Ghost Painter
Worcester Prep
3
Caleb Loring
Back in Time
Berlin Intermediate
Grade 5
Poetry
1
Jaidan Davis
Rainbow
Pocomoke Middle
2
Oscar Gil Leyva
Art
Deal Island School
3
Isaian G. Parker
Achieve a Goal
Deal Island School
Grade 5
Short Story
1
Emaan Ehtasham
A Carrot’s Life
Worcester Prep
2
Jillian C. Watson
Midnight Ballerinas
Salisbury Christian
3
Ava O’Neal
There’s a Cat in the Attic
Salisbury Christian
Middle (Grades 6-8)
Grade 6
Poetry
1
Ethan Justice
Time
Berlin Intermediate School
2
Pim Noparat
What I Know About the World
Berlin Intermediate School
3
Bree Peters
Be Like Them
The Salisbury School
Grade 6
Short Story
1
Cameron Mason
Mr. Linden’s Library
Bennett Middle
2
Allie Jimmerson
The Run for Life
Bennett Middle
3
Richard Godwin
The Phoenix of Heroism
Salisbury Middle
Grade 7
Poetry
1
Grace Pettitt
When You See a Soldier
The Salisbury School
2
Benjamin O’Brien
I Will Not Read This to the Class
The Salisbury School
3
Aidan Todd
Ghost, My Puppy, My Friend
Mardela Middle & High
Grade 7
Short Story
1
Morgan Schoch
Luna Distance
Worcester Prep
2
Jack Greenwood
Loyalty
Stephen Decatur Middle
3
Hayley Burnside
The Show Must Go On
Wicomico Middle
Grade 8
Poetry
1
Kiersen Thorne
What am I?
Stephen Decatur Middle
2
Gracie Bounds
Dress to Impress
Bennett Middle
3
Andrea Harmon
Growing Up Father
Washington High & Academy
Grade 8
Short Story
1
Kendahl Parsons
One Last Time
Stephen Decatur Middle
2
Myra Cropper
Revenge
Worcester Prep
3
Nicholas Benton
Death till You Part
The Salisbury School
High (Grades 9-12)
Grade 9
Poetry
1
Raekiya Beckett
No Turning Back
Pocomoke High
2
Hannah Perdue
Growth
Worcester Prep
3
Kat McCormick
A Novel Comes to Life
Worcester Prep
Grade 9
Short Story
1
Sophia Smith
Beautiful Endings
James M. Bennett High
2
Arusa Islam
Dimension
Stephen Decatur High
3
Alexa Hall
Poison
Pocomoke High
Grade 10
Poetry
1
Sophia Peters
An Ocean In My Mind
James M. Bennett High
2
Ki’Aira Dashiell
The Endless Storm
James M. Bennett High
3
Devin Wallace
Sailboat Dreams
Worcester Prep
Grade 10
Short Story
1
Quinn McColgan
Ordinary
Worcester Prep
2
William Jay Taylor III
Unforgivable Mistakes
James M. Bennett High
3
Mikayla Denault
Growing Up a Girl in a Man’s World
Stephen Decatur High
Grade 11
Poetry
1
Eunice Huesca
Aliens
Stephen Decatur High
2
Emily Malinowski
My Book of Wonders
Stephen Decatur High
3
Allison Hunter
Dancing Flame
Stephen Decatur High
Grade 11
Short Story
1
Lucy Adelizzi
The Undying Love
James M. Bennett High
2
Zoe Michelle Bradshaw
Lost
Mardela Middle & High
3
Allison Warrington
I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye
James M. Bennett High
Grade 12
Poetry
1
Rachael Walker
More Than What Meets the Eye
Wicomico High
2
Molly Forsythe
Dungeons
James M. Bennett High
3
Camryn Sofronski
Seemly
Worcester Prep
Grade 12
Short Story
1
Maddy Sherwood
The Making of a Goddess
James M. Bennett High
2
Jayden Overton-O’Hara
Path to Freedom
James M. Bennett High
3
Devin Thompson
The Light of Little Things
Pocomoke High

 

 

ESRC hosts annual fall dinner

  • RSVPs due September 29th

SALISBURY, Md. — The Eastern Shore Reading Council (ESRC) presents its annual fall dinner with keynote speaker and children’s author Jerry Pallotta, who penned several engaging books relating to nature, on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at The Salisbury School Middle School Commons.

The evening begins with networking time for colleagues to reconnect and signup for ESRC committees. ESRC Lizanne Wallace indicated her excitement about members taking part in the organization as many people are not aware of all the amazing opportunities available.

One of the biggest components of the Council is its willingness to participate literacy outreach. Wallace stated each community activity is an opportunity to expose young children, parents, and adults to the benefits of literacy. Slated outreach events include, but are not limited to, offering literacy information to childbirth classes at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, donating bookshelves with book to newly build Habitat for Humanity homes, volunteering at Wild About Reading at Salisbury Zoo, handing out books at 3rd Friday events in Downtown Salisbury, and partnering the Pocomoke Rocks the Block community back to school event.

“Contributors to each of the community outreach projects are done based on the needs of the community and passion of members who want to strengthen literacy practices in the local communities,” Wallace said as membership drives the amount of events the Council is able to partake in throughout the year.

Another component of the Council’s activities is its scholarship and writing contest. The annual scholarship honors retired teacher of Wicomico County Public Schools Brenda S. Davis for her passion towards sparking the love of reading to all of her students and those in the local communities in which she served. Davis’ scholarship is awarded annually to  3 to 4 seniors who intend on majoring in education in the amount of $1,000.

In addition, the Council host its annual Young Authors’ Contest in conjunction with its state affiliate, the State of Maryland International Reading Council. The contest, which is sent out to local schools in late October, challenges students to write narrative stories and poetry. Past local winners were honored at the Children’s Literature Festival and numerous individuals went on to win state recognition for their talents.

“The amount of writing talent on the Lower Eastern Shore truly speaks to the handwork teachers in public and private school settings are pouring into their students,” Brian Cook, middle school and high school Young Authors’ Contest chairperson, stated. “It is very exciting to Andrea Vandiver, who chairs the Young Authors’ contest for elementary schools,  and I to bring together a team of judges to read such high quality writing artifacts. Our judges are never disappointed because of the such top notch students submitting original writing pieces.”

Following the networking and committee signups, dinner will be served at 6pm and Pallotta’ keynote address with follow at 6:45pm.

The cost for the fall dinner is $20 for ESRC members, $17 for students, $30 for Non-members, or $50 for dinner and membership into the ESRC. Attendees are asked to for the fall dinner by mailing an RSVP with payment to Magic Mapp, Fruitland Intermediate School, 208 W. Main Street, Fruitland, MD 21826.

For further information about the ESRC — which includes Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties — visit its web site at easternshoreliteracyassociation.wordpress.com.

Teachers as Readers: Hillbilly Elegy discussed at August book club

Salisbury, MD — The Eastern Shore Reading Council continues its monthly Teachers as Readers book club featuring Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. The groups’ meeting is slated for Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 10 at Barnes and Noble in Salisbury. Individuals wishing to begin the event with breakfast at Panera Bread may begin congregating at 9:15 a.m. that same day.

“This summer has been great for the Teachers as Readers program as we have built a regular group who come every month,” Michelle Shreeves, chairperson of the initiative stated. “It has been very exciting to open this program up to a larger group and get more numbers. Adults must model reading for children and this gives those who attend a chance to discuss some great books. With busy lives, we don’t always get that chance.”

If you are interested in on attending, please, RSVP to Shreeves via email at mshreeve@wcboe.org.

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Book Summary via BookRags:

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance describes the author’s life up to this point and uses his experiences to illustrate the challenges facing hillbilly society generally. The memoir begins with a description of Vance’s family in Jackson, KY. These relatives, he states, were part of a storied hillbilly family with a strong reputation in their community. They embodied many of the most prevalent values of this culture, most notably fierce loyalty to each other and a deep respect for personal honor that often dictated a violent response to perceived slights. Vance’s grandparents, whom he calls Mamaw and Papaw, migrated from Jackson to Middletown, OH to work in an industrial steel mill. This experience was common among hillbilly families at the time, many of whom left their rural homes for urban areas. In Middletown, Mamaw and Papaw had three children, the author’s uncle, aunt, and mother.
Although he lived with his father in early childhood, the two were separated when his parents divorced and would not reconnect for many years. J.D. spent the majority of his childhood living with his mother in Middletown, though he often visited Jackson, a place he will always consider his “home.” J.D. also had a very close relationship with Mamaw and Papaw, who strove to support and encourage him to achieve high levels of success. This support became particularly important as J.D.’s mother became emotionally unstable and struggled with drug addiction. His middle school years, in which J.D. moved frequently due to his mother’s constant change of boyfriends, were extremely challenging for the author. Eventually, he lived permanently with Mamaw, an experience he credits with allowing him to succeed in life. It is clear throughout his memoir that Mamaw was his single most important influence.
After graduating high school, J.D. joined the Marines for four years before attending college at Ohio State. This experience instilled him with a strong work ethic and the confidence that he had the ability to better his life through his own choices. This feeling, as Vance argues extensively, is largely absent from hillbilly society. He considers this to be a major cause of the decline and poor outlook of communities like Middletown. Following college, Vance attended Yale Law School, where the differences between his lifestyle and that of professional-class Americans became extremely clear. At Yale, J.D. met and began dating his future wife Usha. The two are happily married lawyers, but J.D. still feels that his hillbilly upbringing plays a major role in his life. Throughout the memoir, the author suggests how his society could be improved, most of which center around the need for its members to take responsibility for their own problems.

Book Festival Block Party Deemed Successful

Eastern Shore Reading Council President Lizanne Wallace, right, helps a family determine the best book to take home during the Salisbury Book Festival Block Party hosted by the Wicomico Public Library.

SALISBURY, Md. — Wicomico Public Library’s (WCP) Book Festival Block Party turned the downtown area into a reading celebration as children from all over the county celebrated literacy for all ages. Adults and children of all ages explored the majestic waterfront area where music, community organizations, and eateries filled the streets.

Which book to choose? A young boy reads over one of the many books available at the Eastern Shore Reading Council’s free book table at the Salisbury Book Festival Block Party hosted adjacent to the Wicomico Public Library.

The Eastern Shore Reading Council (ESRC), adjacent to children’s bouncy house, was a regular stop for many curious, young readers. ESRC volunteers helped many young readers and parents choose a free book to promote children’s literacy.

“This was a great event to share the love of reading with the many people who stopped by our table today,” Eastern Shore Reading Council volunteer Brian Cook stated during the event. “We had the opportunity to interact with many parents and students as we helped guide them on some age appropriate books to begin reading at home or continue reading home. At the (Eastern Shore) Reading Council, our goal is to promote literacy in children as it’s an essential skill in their development.”

The Eastern Shore Reading Council is nonprofit organization promoting literacy on the Lower Eastern Shore (Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties). Individuals interested in joining or volunteering may contact Lizanne Wallace via email at liwallace@thesalisburyschool.org

Book Lovin’ Block Party slated

SALISBURY, MD — The Eastern Shore Reading Council will be handing out books at the Book Lovin’ Block Party at the  Wicomico Public Library on Saturday, May 20th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Come and join all the fun that you can have reading. The event includes storytelling, celebrity readers, performers, animals, craft & book vendors, authors, publishers, food, and a virtual reality experience.