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Jamarr Covington, Mike Mayes and Mary Jo Gemelke, teachers at Hawthorne Elementary School, participated in the recent “Literacy Tailgate” night at the school.

Submitted by Tricia Schumann

Hawthorne Elementary School hosted a tailgate-themed literacy night for students, families and community members of preschool through sixth grade on Wednesday, Oct. 11 under the covered parking lot. The crowd was robust and enthusiastic about learning while being entertained with a myriad of choices from each football themed vehicle. Sheriff Randy Adams and Undersheriff Billy Ferguson grilled hotdogs and hamburgers while Michael Stephens mixed his tunes as the disc jockey.

Everywhere you looked people were mingling, laughing, eating with their family and having an enjoyable time. Teachers, support staff, and volunteers ran their tailgate themed activities while visiting with community members, educating them about how to work with their child or offering handy websites to use for home learning. Attendees signed up for raffle prizes and engaged in a learning and literacy-rich celebration for all ages.

It’s school-wide events like these that make us proud to work and live in Mineral County. You can always guarantee that when activities are offered, a crowd will attend to support our students and school.