Wakonda hosts reading council brunch by Sandra Geuther "Buggy for Books" was the theme for this year's Vermillion Valley Reading Council awards brunch. The Wakonda gymnasium was transformed into an outdoor heaven Saturday, April 12, complete with "flying" butterflies and "crawling" bugs. The event was held to honor winners of the Young Authors, Illustrators, and Reading Challenge Contest.
Nearly 230 people attended. The schools represented were Wakonda, Beresford, Centerville, Irene, Gayville-Volin, and St. Agnes, Vermillion.
Kristine Gillette, third-grade teacher at Wakonda, is this year's president elect. She had the incredible task of organizing this year's event. Also on the board of the council and lending a hand in the event were Stephanie Light, secretary; and Kay Lueth, membership chair. Joining them next year will be librarian, Angela Grider, as vice-president.
Winners honored from Wakonda were Devon Brewer, Nicole Schroeder, Kelli Johnston, Chris Nelsen, Kim Henriksen, Breanna Johnston, Katie Sokolowski, Jessica Vollmer, Phillip Devine, Cody Geuther, Andy Jensen, Josie Huber, Justin Polley, Jordan Mayer, Bo Martz, Makayla Mohr, Pearl Gaidelis, Luke Lebert, Amy Luxem and Alex Neilsen.
The state winners from Wakonda include Jeanie Stockland, Logan Erickson and Roxanne Polley.
The brunch was catered with sweet rolls, eggs, sausage, and drink. It is important to reward excellence in these real life skills. Teaching children books are important can lead to successful academic successes and life enjoyment.