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Thayer Elementary hosts pep assembly to celebrate reading

At first glance, the pep assembly at Thayer Elementary on Monday could have been mistaken for a rally for a sporting event; athletes were introduced, cheerleaders led cheers and students showed spirited enthusiasm. The assembly, however, wasn’t about athletics; it was to celebrate and promote reading. 

High school athletes shared their favorite books from elementary school and played “minute to win it” style games with the elementary students. 

Twelve Thayer Elementary students, who earned the highest percentage of meeting their reading goal with the average percent of questions correct, were invited to run though a “Readers Are Leaders.” Their scores and names are as follows: 

307 Anna Mostafa

280 Jacob Merkley

231 Melanie Chan

218 Leah Raithel

203  CJ Bennett

201 Dante Zhang

197 Campbell Dye

184 Aubriella Donahue

182 Teagan Herrin

173 Matthew Faubion

172 Louden Benson

171 Timothy Lott


The Waynesville High School athletes who assisted with the event included Josh Ash, Grant Kindred, Jared Hyatt, Maurice Fiame, Kansas Worson, Darien Grosvenor, Riley Wright, Truman Trower, Faith Johnson, Layla Watson and Courtney Hale. 

Thayer teachers Bobbi  McQueen, Dara Faubion and Candace Gilbert-Decker planned the assembly for the students.

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Issued Oct. 25th, 2019