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posted: Thu, Nov 20th, 2014

Book fair gets kids reading

The CMS School Community Association recently held its fall book fair. The fundraiser, one of two book fairs scheduled for the school year, was held in the school library and open during the afternoons of parent-teacher conference days. The book fair provided students and their parents with the opportunity to buy inexpensive books in a variety of categories.

There were books on superheroes, dinosaurs, sharks and animals, Star Wars, space and planets, and the ever-popular Harry Potter. The fair also had a wide selection of biographies to choose from, including books about Leonardo da Vinci, Abraham Lincoln, and Nelson Mandela along with contemporary celebrities such as Ariana Grande, Carrie Underwood, and LeBron James. "The Guinness Book of World Records" was another popular book selection.

“Studies continually show that independent reading at the elementary level really does pay off,” said Kevin Moore, CMS principal. “Students who read independently for enjoyment not only become better readers with expanded vocabularies and stronger reading comprehension skills, but they also learn more content knowledge and generally know more about the world around them.”

CMS will hold its spring book fair, the larger of the two annual fairs, from February 26 - March 4.

Lions Club sponsors vision screening

About 250 students were recently tested for vision problems through a comprehensive screening that was sponsored by the Mount Olive Lions Club

The screening was held for students in grades 2–4 who are most at-risk for developing early vision issues. Also included were about a dozen students referred by teachers and kindergarteners that did not receive eye exams before the school year began.

Parents and Lions Club volunteers staffed tables that were set up in the gym. Each station tested a particular ability such as reading acuity, distance vision, near vision, and depth perception.

Students moved from station to station completing the various tests. If a student experienced difficulty at any stage along the way, a letter was sent home to the student’s parents recommending a thorough examination. 

Dr. Jeanine Jacco-Labrada, an optometrist from Flanders Family Eye Care, and school nurse Patricia Dauer coordinated the screening.

The Mount Olive Lions Club has sponsored the screening every year in all of the district’s elementary schools for more than 15 years. 

A comprehensive vision exam by an eye care specialist is strongly recommended for all students who enter kindergarten – the most critical time to catch vision problems that may impact learning. 

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