RPA Students Inspire Love of Reading

Redmond Proficiency Academy high school students recently brought reading excitement to local elementary schools through the Redmond Rotary’s Gift of Literacy Program. The annual initiative provides every first grader in Central Oregon with a free book of their choosing.

A lively group of RPA theatre students, including Sam Maragas, Lee Miller, Kathryn Hansen, and Azure Neubauer, kicked things off with a dramatic reading and presentation of “King Kong’s Cousin” for raptured audiences at Sage and John Tuck Elementary Schools.

Behind the scenes, RPA leadership students Gabbard Herring and Amelie Montgomery assisted Rotarians in sorting and packing the book collections. They were then joined by June Post, Sam Prather, Katy Nichols, Hailey Severson, and Audrey Price in distributing the books directly to the excited first graders.

“It was such a fun project to be a part of,” said RPA Leadership Advisor Laurel Eberhart. “It’s great to be able to visit elementary schools, get first graders excited about reading, and engage with the community.”

The students’ energetic efforts successfully stoked the love of literature for a new generation of Central Oregon bookworms.

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