Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


November 29, 2013

Greensburg Elementary 'reading adventure'

Third-grader Bryce McQueen’s mind remained on sports, even as he perused the geography/travel table at Greensburg Elementary School.

The school’s annual Reading Adventure was held during the school day Wednesday for the first time in its three-year history. That led to a far larger crowd than normal, thanks to parents not having to arrange after-school transportation.

But the point of the event remained the same: Help children find their fields of interest so they develop a lifelong love for reading.

Researchers say reading does more than just expand children’s vocabulary, according to Reading by Phonics, a national organization that studies the benefits of reading. It also helps them excel academically, helps them build self confidence and gives them a mind-expanding alternative to sitting in front of a television.

Donna Fong, the school’s Title 1 coordinator, had those kinds of facts in mind when Title 1 initiated the program in 2011.

Title 1, by definition, is for children from economically disadvantaged families. But school officials decided even before the first year that the Reading Adventure program should be opened up to all 158 third-graders in the school.

What resulted on Wednesday was a four-hour event that saw third-graders circulate every 15 minutes among 13 stations, each with its own genre. Those genres included science, biographies, sports, history, fairy tales and mysteries.

They also included hands-on stations. Representatives from the Greensburg Public Library, for example, brought a Bearded Dragon lizard for children to touch at the animals station. Teachers who manned a how-to station showed children how to make pinwheels out of paper strips, roll-on glue and stick handles.

Children enjoyed every minute of it as they sat cross-legged on the floor, listening to the adults at each station read to them.

McQueen said during his time at the geography/travel station that he wants to travel to New York City. Even so, he said he mostly enjoyed the sports station because of his passion for football. New York? Maybe he could catch a Yankees game there.

Text Only
  • $200K budget cut for GCS GREENSBURG — Greensburg Community Schools expect to see their budgets decline by about $200,000, or 0.8 percent, for the next school year.Superintendent Tom Hunter said that he expects tax rates, which help determine local property tax bills, to be a

    July 23, 2014

  • nws-gb072314-Littles pic Little Mister and Miss accepting contestants GREENSBURG – Once again, preparations are underway for the Tree City Fall Festival Little Mister and Miss Tree City contest.For several years, the Littles have been crowned at the Fall Festival, but as with any contest, a significant amount of prepar

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb072314-ymca 100 carnival - pic 04 YMCA marks 100th anniversary GREENSBURG — Kids rode horses and the kiddie train, chugged popcorn, shot a bow and arrow, played putt-putt, tossed darts into balloons and toilet paper into a toilet, ran an obstacle course and petted an alligator. It was practically impossible to f

    July 23, 2014 4 Photos

  • City moves forward with plan GREENSBURG — The city of Greensburg took a step closer Monday to updating local guidelines about where and how it wants to support industrial, commercial and residential growth.In a special meeting at City Hall, city council members agreed to use Eco

    July 23, 2014

  • Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick Regional facility secures Fishers OKThe Fishers Town Council has approved a Florida-based consumer product company’s plans for a new regional operation. A Jarden Corp. (NYSE: JAH) subsidiary is looking to invest more than $16 million into the project

    July 23, 2014

  • nws-gb072314-jane howard profile - pic Optimists' president honored to be serving her community GREENSBURG — Greensburg Optimists Club President Jane Howard thinks of herself as “just one of the guys.”In the last five years, this Greensburg native has unexpectedly found herself rising up the ranks to lead one of the Tree City’s premiere, commun

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Decatur County Events Calendar Local clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240. All July – International Crafts

    July 23, 2014

  • kids-gb072214-4H awards pic 1 Two 4-H’ers honored as outstanding exhibitors GREENSBURG – Two Decatur County 10 year 4-H members were honored as Outstanding Exhibitors during the 2014 4-H fair.Lexie Armand and Layne Sanders have both completed over 50 4-H projects each during their decade as members of the organization.Armand

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Decatur County Events Calendar Local clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240. All July – International Crafts

    July 22, 2014

  • nws-gb072214 Back to school photo School registrations now underway GREENSBURG – All good things must come to an end – even summer vacation.Students enrolled in Decatur County Community Schools will return to the classroom Tuesday, Aug. 5. Students at Greensburg Schools return Monday, Aug. 4. Registration for all cur

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo