HOBART | The Lake County Public Library Foundation recognized first-place winners of the annual Read-a-Thon recently at Avalon Manor.
Foundation members Michael McIntyre, Marti Ross, Dian Reyome, Charlotte Malone-Williams and Charman Shields-Williamson presented the winners with their trophies: Antionette Ulrich, Halie Meeks, Amesha Franklin, Keirstynn Elder, Mitchell Walsh, Shirmara Anderson, Turner Elderle, Joey LaPatra, Dimistri Dovellos and Amelia Marshall.
Each year, the foundation encourages schools in Gary, Merrillville, Cedar Lake, Dyer, Schererville, Griffith, Highland, Hobart, Lake Station, Munster, New Chicago, and St. John to promote reading. Children participate by seeking sponsors, then reading as many books as possible during the six-week Read-a-Thon.
Once the pledges have been collected, schools receive one-third of the total raised by their students for the school library, while the rest of the donations are directed to the foundation for the Lake County Public Library.
This year, 1,273 children participated and more than $21,000 was given to the schools. Trophies were given to all students who raised money and gift cards from book stores were given to students in first through eighth place.