Andrew Dys

Rock Hill teachers on summer break take Popsicles – and books – to kids at park

Ciara Randolph, 8, reads a book given to her Wednesday from Ebinport Elementary staff.
Ciara Randolph, 8, reads a book given to her Wednesday from Ebinport Elementary staff.

The temperature was in the mid-90s Wednesday at Moore Park in Rock Hill, but two teachers from Ebinport Elementary School brought a cool idea straight to the neighborhood kids who play in the park during their summer vacation.

Popsicles and books.

The books came from the Rock Hill Reads mobile book program, which places boxes of books around the city for kids to read and share.

Lisa Rutledge, media specialist at Ebinport, and Marco Vaughan, a reading coach, coordinated Wednesday’s stop. They will do it again July 15.

The cold treats on a hot day were a great way to encourage the kids from the South-Central neighborhood near the park – many of whom attend Ebinport – to keep reading while on summer break.

“On a hot day like this, what better way than a Popsicle and a book to go with it,” Vaughan said. “We want all the kids to keep reading all summer.”

Staff from Ebinport Elementary School took a cooler full of Popsicles and boxes of books to many of the kids from school at a neighborhood park on Wednesday. (video by Andrew Dys)

Kids ages 5 to 13 took a few minutes from basketball games and running around to read a little or to get a book to take home and read. Those books are then returned to the box, so another kid gets a chance.

Danvontae Cherry, 8, got a book – and he sure got a cherry Popsicle too.

Taja Meeks, 9, said chapter books are her favorite. She got a book to keep her sharp in the summer and a cold treat to cool her off. Ciara Randolph, 8, showed that she is a great reader because she not only read her book – she read it aloud.

And she was great.

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