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Readers Reap Their Rewards

New iPads for Local Elementary School

The simple, yet important, act of reading is providing new technology for one school in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. On Saturday, March 3, the Kindergarten through Fifth Graders of Wilderness Elementary School received 10 new Apple iPads. It's their reward for sending the most students to the Read For A Reason event at Spotsylvania Towne Centre on December 17, 2011. In addition to the new iPads for the school, Second Grade Teacher June Bennett will receive a gift card for Books-A-Million and the entire class will get a party catered by Chick-fil-A. The award ceremony took place at "The Unsmashable" display in the food court of Spotsylvania Towne Centre.

Captain McFinn and Friends was the proud sponsor of Read For A Reason. The objective was to gather as many parents as possible reading to their children in a single location. The event will be repeated later this year, in the hope of attracting enough readers to set a new Guinness World Record. The book the parents read was The Legend of Captain McFinn and Friends. It's powerful anti-bullying message is told through the fable of the undersea neighbors of Sand Dusty Reef. Captain McFinn, a Black-Tipped Reef Shark, is transformed from a bully to a friend and protector. The book teaches the value of friendship, loyalty, personal responsibility, and how children can make a difference in their world. The book is available in local bookstores, through or at ($19.99 for hardback, $9.99 in soft cover)





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Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.