Students Inspired By Author/ Newscaster Gary Metivier
January 2007 was a busy month in the LRC at Fulton Elementary School. Students participated in the annual January Reading Incentive finding there was indeed "treasures in books". Elementary students surpassed their reading goal by reading a record 161,466 minutes outside of school time.In mid-December, Gary Metivier visited students in grades K-3 and shared his new book Willie's Wagon. The book is the story of a young boy who finds many things in his life boring until he is given an old wagon. Willie works hard at fixing the wagon and paints many bright colors in the process. When Willie's class decides to go to the pumpkin patch, Willie decides he wants to do something good with his new wagon. He uses his own allowance money to fill the wagon with pumpkins and shares all of them with children being treated for cancer in a local hospital. Mr. Metivier shared with the students how the money raised from the sale of the book were going to be used to help support the Heart Connection Summer Cancer Camp and Gilda's Club of the Quad-Cities.
Fulton Elementary's students were touched by Willie's story and wanted to help as well, so a watery treasure chest was added to the Treasure Island theme in the LRC. Students brought pennies to add to the treasure chest, and on Tuesday, Feb. 19th, Gary Metivier came to Fulton Elementary to accept the students' donation of $488.77, along with posters and milk carton donation boxes to start a new campaign to fill Willie's Wagon with pennies for Cancer Camp. While Mr. Metivier was at Fulton Elementary he shared the story of Willie's Wagon with students in 4th and 5th grades and encouraged them to continue to do their own writing.
Mr. Metivier, also known as anchorman of the KWQC Channel Six News, filmed some footage of Fulton Elementary School students which will be shown on Paula Sands LIVE on Thursday, Feb. 28th from 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. with another segment on the 10:00 p.m. news that evening. Fulton Elementary School students are happy to have had a role in beginning this new campaign to bring smiles to other children and their families who are battling cancer.
Courtesy of Fulton Journal