'Reading Rocks!' nets $35,000

More than 1,100 Wilton students in kindergarten through fifth grade read their way to raising $35,000 for the Wilton Education Foundation through one of its signature events, Reading Rocks! This program has raised more than $110,000 for the foundation over the past three years.

The annual program encourages children to have fun while reading in a non-competitive manner with the money raised benefiting public schools here.

Incentives were offered by grade at Miller-Driscoll and by house at Cider Mill based on the percentage of involvement.

First grade, with more than 70% of the class joining in, came out on top so they will get an extra recess. Cannondale house won in Cider Mill and earned a homework-free day.

There was a random drawing among participants based on the number of pledges attained. One iPad Mini was given away across grades K-5 and one Kindle E-reader was awarded per grade at Miller-Driscoll and one per house at Cider Mill.

The winner of the iPad Mini was second grader Cameron Royle. The winners of the Kindle E-reader from Miller-Driscoll were Sophie Hall, Grace Todd and Madison Gillespie. Cider Mill Kindle E-reader winners were RJ Bartels, Alex Cocoros, Ava Geller and Georgia Russnok.

The students also celebrated “Dress Like a Rock Star Day” to generate excitement about bringing in donations.

As a thank you to classroom teachers for their time and support, each teacher whose class participated in the program received a chance to win one of 14 gift cards to be used for items they’d like to purchase for their classroom. One $50 gift card and one $25 gift card was randomly awarded per grade in Miller-Driscoll and per house in Cider Mill.

The winners of the $50 and $25 gift cards respectively were:  Kindergarten: Pam Sullivan and Cindy Lyons; First Grade: Jeanine Hussey and Laura Connell; Second Grade: Joseph Scholz and Mary McGann; Belden Hill: Kyle Shouvlin and Sara Spranzman; Cannondale: Jason Greasley and Kathleen Dohn; Kent: Julie Wojciechowski and Jennifer O’Brien; Nod Hill: Eric Rome and Sara Duncan.

Information: WiltonEducationFoundation.org.