Contributed by Sara Garcia
Sgt. Luis Santiago took time from his busy day to read to the children at Megan Cope Elementary on March 3.

■ By Sara Garcia / Contributed

Megan Cope Elementary School in San Jacinto celebrated its 4th annual Read Across America day on March 3. Renee Moore, librarian, and myself, a 5th grade teacher, have worked together to bring the community to our school. In the past we have had the mayors of Hemet and San Jacinto attend, beauty queens, Mayor Max, Idyllwild’s canine mayor, our district superintendent, Diane Perez, musicians, firemen and more.
This year we invited more than 35 readers to our campus. Besides the reading we also have school-wide contests to encourage reading. Some classrooms paired up with other classrooms and do buddy reading.
My 5th grade class buddied up with the kindergarteners this year and they loved it. The best part was that the kinder students read to the 5th graders. They were so cute! This is the first year that we had our guests do presentations on the black top. The gas company brought out a truck and so did Eastern Municipal Water District.
California Highway Patrol officers allowed the students to get a good look inside their patrol car and students even had a chance to get in.
American Medical Response allowed students to get inside their emergency vehicle and look around as well.
Chad Nevarez and his canine companion talked to the students about his career and how his canine was trained and what he was capable of doing.
Ramona animal shelter had a presenter tell students about their program, which allows students to go to the shelter and read to the puppies.
The Black Belt World Center did a few demonstrations on the black top as well. It was a great day.

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