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Kids read with Royalty

Reading with Royalty is offered every Wednesday at Pinewood Elementary


Christopher Andersson

Strawberry Festival Queen Sarah Turral, right, reads a book to Kenndyl Mulch at the Pinewood Elementary library during the Reading with Royalty event on July 19.

Local students can go to Pinewood Elementary in Marysville to read with the Strawberry Festival Royalty in the annual Reading with Royalty program.

The program began on July 19 and will continue each Wednesday throughout the summer until Aug. 23.

Students can come to check out books or read with the Strawberry Festival Royalty and Junior Royalty.

Pinewood Elementary is at 5115 84th St. NE, Marysville and the program runs from 9 a.m. to noon.

Reading with Royalty started in 2008 when Pinewood librarian Shelley Doty had a daughter in the Strawberry Festival Royalty and returns each summer.

"I think parents like it because it's a great place to bring their kids and its familiar to them," said Doty.

Children get to read to or read with the Royalty.

"It's fun seeing some of the kids' reactions to seeing princesses in real life," said Junior Royalty Rozlynn Edwards.

Many of the Royalty enjoy getting to read stories to the students who come by.

"It's really fun because I love to read and I like little kids, so it's fun to have the interaction with them," said Junior Royalty Elizabeth Turral.

"I love reading in general and it's nice to read to little kids," said Queen Sarah Turral.

She said she looks forward to "making friends and sharing my favorite books with other kids," she said.

Elizabeth Turral said she looks forward to getting to know the kids.

"Some kids are going to be coming back week after week, so you can make friends with them," she said.

"You get to know them through the reading and it's fun that way," she said.

Parents also like the ability to get out of the house and to a good place for their kids.

"I think it brings families together that are Pinewood families and the moms can visit while the kids are reading," said Doty.

"It's nice to see familiar faces from the school year," said local parent Sabrina Cademarti.

"I think it's great. Gets us out of the house and gets the kids off of the video games and the computer," she said.

Reading during the summer helps kids keep up with their abilities as well.

"It helps so much if they are reading over the summer. It doesn't matter what they're reading as long as they're reading something," said Doty.

Doty said the students know the library and what books they like as well.

"I can help them find books at their level," as well, she said.

Reading with Royalty also allows her to connect more with her students, said Doty.

"This is more relaxed event. I'm not so much worried about teaching skills as I am creating relationships with kids," she said.


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