Local 4th Grader Honored As State’s Club Read Winner

by Staff Reporter / Aug 30, 2016 / comments

Local 4th Grader Honored As State’s Club Read Winner

  • Dion’s, Isotopes Honor 2016 Club Read Winners

ALBUQUERQUE - Dion’s, the Albuquerque Isotopes and the State of New Mexico were proud to honor this year’s Club Read winners at the Isotopes game Friday, Aug. 26. The four grand prize winners were: Janell Chavarria, Olivia Allen, Bella Luna, and Savannah Salgado. In order for students to be eligible for the grand prize, they must have turned in two completed scorecards by reading at least 12 books over the summer.

“I enjoy reading and that I can learn from books,” said Janell. “And that I get to use my imagination when I read.” Janell, a fourth-grader from Kh’a’po Community School in Espanola, enjoys playing softball, dancing, fishing and hunting. Her favorite books are Splat the Cat, The Day the Crayons Quit, and The Day the Crayons Came Home.

Other winners included Olivia, a free-spirited fifth-grader from Sandia Vista Elementary in Rio Rancho, Bella, a third-grader from Tierra Antigua Elementary in Albuquerque, and Savannah a kindergartener from Estancia Valley Classical Academy in Moriarty.

Each winner was a guest of the Isotopes mascot, Orbit. They also participated in the honorary ceremonial first pitch; received an autographed baseball, a customized Isotopes jersey, and a booklet of Isotopes Baseball Bucks; a $50 Dion’s gift card; and enjoyed a Dion’s pizza during the game with their families in Suite-Level seats.

“The grand prize game is one of my favorite parts about Club Read,” said Melanie Armijo Tunell, Research and Analytics Specialist and Club Read coordinator. “These four students worked hard and were rewarded with a lifelong memory to encourage them for years to come.”

The program garnered interest from around the state with over 4,500 scorecards returned. Further, over 300 private and public schools from around the state participated in the School Competition of the Club Read program.