Ascension Catholic Elementary celebrates ‘model’ readers

Ascension Catholic Elementary Principal Sarah Sotile, Barbara Thibaut, Jay Lemann, Grace Russo, Dee Lemann, and Joey Mistretta stand after the “model readers” program last week.

The Ascension Catholic Elementary School celebrated its “model” readers at an assembly on Thursday, Jan. 8 on the primary school campus. The current third graders and the current fifth graders were honored for achievements in reading, with the fifth grade class “three-peating” as model readers – having achieved the honor since the students were in second grade.

To qualify as “model readers” students are required to read a certain amount of minutes, have a high mark average on reading test, and reach reading goals in a 12-week time period.

After recognizing the two classes, the LA State Fair Association Board of Directors and the D’Amico family donated to the elementary and high school libraries to help encourage the entire Ascension Catholic campus to be “model readers.”

Barbara Thibaut, of Ascension Catholic, said there were about 450 books donated for the schools to use.

“I’m just humbled and overwhelmed that they would do that,” Thibaut said about the donors. “It has never happened before and libraries are kind of going to be obsolete one day and ours is still vital and busy and we’re not going to let that happen with all of these electronics. A lot of these kids want a book and I do too. They love new books.”

LA State Fair Association board members Jay Lemann, Joey Mistretta, Dee Lemann, and Grace Russo attended the program, and were proud the fair association could be part of the contribution.

“This kind of donation benefits everybody because the more reading that our children can do, the more knowledge they can gain makes for a better society,” Jay Lemann said.