It’s official: Principal is roof bound

Boomer at the stadium.

Boomer at the stadium.

By DARRELL HENRY
Boomer’s Book Club program coordinator,
York Revolution

(Wrightsville, Pa.): The final tallies are in, and it’s official: students at Wrightsville Elementary have established school records for reading this winter. The end result? Principal Don Gillett will make good on his promise.

York Revolution manager Mark Mason, mascot DownTown, and Boomer’s Book Club program coordinator Darrell Henry will make a special visit to Wrightsville Elementary to commemorate this great accomplishment in a school assembly on Monday, March 25.

The assembly will include congratulatory remarks from Mason, and a special presentation from the Revolution to students Maya Gohn, Eva Cox, and Victoria Zerbe for their outstanding leadership in attaining the school-wide reading goal, as they will each be honored by throwing out a ceremonial first pitch prior to the Revs’ Opening Night game at Sovereign Bank Stadium on Thursday, April 18. That also happens to be the date that Gillett begins his rooftop stay.

For years, Gillett and the students at Wrightsville Elementary have been enthusiastic participants in Boomer’s Book Club presented by Heritage Valley Federal Credit Union, a program that began with the Revs’ inception in 2007 and is designed to encourage students to read outside of school, helping to promote literacy at many elementary and intermediate schools throughout York and Adams counties. But Gillett and his students wanted to up the ante this year.

With the mastermind idea brainstormed by Gohn, Cox, and Zerbe, Gillett was ready to challenge his students when the Revs kicked off the 2013 Boomer’s Book Club tour with an Opening Day visit to Wrightsville on the morning of Jan. 7. With DownTown at his side and in front of the entire school body, Gillett and the Revs made Boomer’s Book Club history.

It was already a great lineup of incentives for all students participating this year. Students receive a free game ticket courtesy of Brain Balance for reading one book, a free kids meal courtesy of Community Courier for reading a second book, York Revolution CheerStix courtesy of WellSpan Health for reading a third book, and a grand prize of a Boomer’s Book Club drawstring bag courtesy of Heritage Valley Federal Credit Union for reading a fourth book outside of class. So it was explained that students would receive all of that for their efforts, and naturally, the excitement in the school gymnasium was palpable. But then, a new school-wide grand prize was unveiled.

Gillett took the microphone and made it official. If his students at Wrightsville Elementary could combine to read 2,000 books as he explained to them, he would sleep on the school roof beginning the night of the Revs’ season opener on April 18, and remaining there until the Revs suffer a loss. It is a challenge that the students have passed with flying colors, combining to read more than 3,000 books, far surpassing their goal.

“I hope the Revs open the season with about 17 consecutive wins,” said Gillett. “I have my grill ready and I’m set to go up there. I’ll come down for school days and Revolution games, and I’ll be there on Opening Night with an entire group from Wrightsville, but other than that, I’m planning on having a pretty good view of Wrightsville for a couple weeks.”

Mason hopes his team can help extend Gillett’s stay as long as possible.

“We’ll do everything we can to keep him up there for awhile,” said the Revs skipper. “His goals and our goals are the same. A winning streak to start the season would be great.”

Gillett is happy to carry out his end of the challenge, but even more proud of his students that have come through in the clutch.

“This is about them,” said the principal. “I’m really proud of Maya, Eva, and Victoria for their leadership in making this happen, and of all of our great students for their efforts with reading. They kept up their end of the deal, now it’s time for me to make good on mine.”

Boomer’s Book Club presented by Heritage Valley Federal Credit Union continued its trend of reaching more schools and more students each season, having set new franchise records this winter and spring. In total, nearly 50 schools and 20,000 students from York and Adams counties have participated, with the travelling party of DownTown and often times Boomer himself having visited close to 30 schools in-person for assemblies this season, with several still on-tap before the preseason tour concludes on April 5.

Students who have participated in the program can redeem their prizes at Sovereign Bank Stadium’s Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office anytime beginning on April 1, and can choose from four special Boomer’s Book Club game dates to attend: April 21, May 8, June 5, and June 19.

Full-season, partial-season, and individual tickets for the 2013 York Revolution season are on sale now at YorkRevolution.com, (717) 801-HITS, and in-person at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office.

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Our Favorite People

Second-graders in Lesa Uffleman’s class at Wrightsville Elementary wrote stories about their favorite people.

By Madisyn Deller
My favorite person is my dad. I like to work outside with my dad. We also play with our family dog. Sometimes we take walks to the high school or middle school when we are bored. Also we barbeque out on our deck. Dad and I like to pick up my brother at their moms. We take quick rides to Rutters too. My dad is my favorite person because when I get bored he does something with me.

By Ireland Parker
My favorite person of my friends is Megan. I like to go to her house for her birthday. I play at recess with her. Megan sits close to me in class. We eat together and almost every day we wear blue. I would like to go to Megan’s house again with her there. I would like to go on a field trip again with her. She is my favorite friend. She has blue eyes and blonde hair just like me. She is like my sister to me.

By Zane Gonzalez
My favorite person is Ryan. We like to dance and play together and talk with each other. We like to go to Turkey Hill. I think he is my favorite person we grew up together knowing each other.

By Shane Buhrman
My favorite person is Ben. He and I will play my Star Wars game. He and I will tell jokes. He can sleep over at my house too. He invited me to his birthday. Ben and I have fun together. We can play with my cat. He and I can hide from my sister, play outside and inside. He is my favorite friend because he likes me. He and I would be friends forever until we are old.

By Mackenzie Miller
My favorite person is Alexa. I like to play with her. We like to play games. We also play school and play on the playground. We go for walks, jump rope, play hide and seek, do cheers and have sleep overs. We play baby dolls, play balls and make stuff. We go to the mall, the park, my house, the ice cream shop and Wal-Mart. She is my favorite because she is sweet to me and she is my cousin and I love her.

By Dylan Livelsberger
Dad is my favorite person. I like to play with dad. We go to the park in the summer. I go down the slide. My dad is my favorite because he does a lot of things with me.

By Emily Smith
My favorite person is Jacob. I like to play ball with him. We dress up together. I like to put on plays and do funny things with him. I teach him how to jump rope. I like to go to lots of parks and the beach with him. Jacob is my favorite person because he is silly when he puts his clothes on backwards.

By Ryan Harmer
My favorite person is my mom. We like to shop, play mini golf and eat. At K-Mart we get new clothes, I get new toys there and school things. At Jim Macks we play mini golf. After we mini golf we eat ice cream. We eat at a lot of different places. Sometimes we get fast food or we go to a restaurant. My mom is my favorite person for a lot of reasons, but the one the most is she cares for me.

By Tahrington Phillips
My favorite person is my mommy. I like to play games, go to Wal-Mart with her, open presents with her, play with her and help her. I like to go on vacations with her, go to Sam Lewis Park, to school and dance lessons with her. My mom is my favorite because she loves me, cares for me, feeds me, pays for food, gas and oil. She does my laundry, takes me places, buys me toys, answers my questions, picks me up from school and takes me to Tumble Town. She is my favorite person when she takes me places and cares for my family and me.

By Benjamin Elicker
My favorite person is Ryan. We go to enrichment. We talk about TDI. I sometimes go to his house. He came over to my house this summer. We like to go to Jim Macks. Ryan is my favorite person because he is awesome and funny.

By Taylor Shank
My favorite person is Gabby. I play school with her. Sometimes we play on her swing set. We also play dress up. We even play games on her computer. We love playing house. We like to play with her babies. Sometimes we even play cheerleading. We like going to Jim Macks. We also like to go to the park. Sometimes we like to go to each other’s house. She is an awesome friend because she treats me the way I want to be treated.

By Megan McFarland
My favorite person is my mom. I like to go get coffee. We get clothes at Wal-Mart. We go out and rent a movie too. We like to go to Borders, we get books that we like and books that look really cool. We do get coffee there too. My mom and me go to Ollie’s to get my sister books too. Then we will go home and watch the movie we got.

By Nicholas Hooper
My favorite person is dad. We go four wheeling, play football and sometimes we play Mario Cart Wii. We like to go rock crawling competitions too. My dad is nice to me because I am good.

By Selena Gainer
My favorite person is Mackenzie. Mackenzie and I play ball at recess. We like to play house and we like to play horses. I like to go to the skating party with her. She is my favorite because she is so sweet to me all of the time and she is the best to me.

By Rohan Snyder
My favorite person is Chandler. I like to play with him. Sometimes we play with my stuffed animals and sometimes we like to play Slap the Monkey. We like to go to our aunt’s house. He is like a cousin to me and he is actually my friend.

By Tonya Lisvelsberger
Kaci is my favorite person. She is funny. She came to my house for a sleep over. We threw pillows at each other and we giggled. We ate pizza and drank water. We watched TV. My mom told us to be quiet and go to sleep at eleven. We have an awesome time together.

By Aaron Bates
My favorite person is Francis. I like to build Lego cars because he can help me with the directions. We take them to the pond. When we go to the pond we break bottles. Glass flies everywhere. We like to climb trees. He is cool!

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Best part of being a parent

Lesa Uffelman asked her second-grade students at Wrightsville Elementary to write stories for their parents in honor of Parents Day.

The best part of being a parent will be driving. The worst part of being a parent will be working. Being a parent will be awesome because we can buy stuff. By Madisyn Deller

The best part of being a parent will be driving. We will be able to go to Jim Macks. By Kaci Cunningham

The best part of being a parent will be building a snowman. The worst part of being a parent will be cleaning the bathroom. Being a parent will be cool because playing in the park with your kid will be terrific. By Dylan Livelsberger

The best part of being a parent will teach them facts, the worst part of being a parent will be taking care of the kids. Being a parent will be hard work because of the complaining. By Zane Gonzalez

The best part of being a parent will be washing the car. The worst part of being a parent will be brushing teeth. Being a parent will be hard because it is a lot of work. By Aaron Bates

The best part of being a parent will be taking care of my kid. The worst part of being a parent will be to keep them from fighting. Being a parent will be awesome. I can help my kids. By Mackenzie Miller

The best part of being a parent will be not having to go to work. The worst part of being a parent will be cleaning up the messes. Being a parent will be awesome because you can drive a car. By Cameron Kennedy

The best part of being a parent will be making cookies. The worst part of being a parent will be washing the dog. Being a parent will be wonderful because kids are awesome. By Selena Gainer

The best part of being a parent will be teaching the kids new games. The worst part of being a parent will be helping clean the bathroom. Being a parent will be fabulous because I can help the kids. By Emily Smith

The best part of being a parent will be playing with the kids. The worst part of being a parent will be changing the diapers. Being a parent will be crazy because it will be hard. By Nicholas Hooper

The best part of being a parent will be teaching kids games. The worst part of being a parent will be washing the dog. Being a parent will be super because you get to take care of your kid. By Megan McFarland

The best part of being a parent will be visiting my Mom and Dad at their house. The worst part of being a parent will be cleaning up the vomit. Being a parent will be super because I will love the kids. By Benjamin Elicker

The best thing about being a parent will be teaching the kid how to read and spell. The worst part of being a parent will be when they do not listen. Being a parent will be cool because it would be fun to teach a kid. By Tahrington Phillips

The best part of being a parent will be playing with the child. The worst part of being a parent will be taking care of the child when they are sick. Being a parent will be outstanding because you can play with the kids. By Ryan Harmer

The best part of being a parent will be exploring with them. The worst part of being a parent will be when they are car sick. Being a parent will be amazing because I will love them. By Ireland Parker

The best part of being a parent will be making a snowman. The worst part of being a parent will be washing the dog. Being a parent will be excellent because I will help kids. By Tonya Livelsberger

The best part of being a parent will be playing games with the children. The worst part of being a parent will be changing their diapers. Being a parent will be awesome because the kids are cool. By Logan Lamontagne

The best part of being a parent will be baking a cake. The worst part of being a parent will be getting sick. Being a parent will be totally cool because you can sleep longer. By Gabrielle Bair

The best part of being a parent will be making an igloo. The worst part of being a parent will be cleaning the toilet. Being a parent will be totally sweet because you can go scuba diving. By Rohan Snyder

The best part of being a parent will be playing hopscotch with the kids. The worst part of being a parent will be to help the kids clean the bathroom. Being a parent will be special because we can make a cake. By Taylor Shank

The best part of being a parent will be helping to play games. The worst part of being a parent will be helping them when they are sick. Being a parent will be super because we love our children. By Shane Buhrman

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Living in the White House

Lesa Uffleman asked her second-graders at Wrightsville Elementary to write about life in the White House.

The best thing about living in the White House would be that my birthday would be like a holiday. By Cameron Kennedy

The best thing about living in the White House would be meeting the president. I would tell my friends and tell him their names. It would be fun to tell him. By Taylor Shank

The best thing about living in the White House would be all of the space because I could run around the house. By Selena Gainer

The best thing about living in the White House is being president. The best thing is having fun. I could buy any game that I want to. I am going to have a DS and DS games and Broceman balls. By Shane Buhrman

The best thing about living in the White House would be knowing that it is the presidents house because some of them are on the coins. By Dylan Livelsberger

The best thing about living in the White House would be getting what ever, when ever. I wouldn’t have to do it myself! It would be totally cool!!! By Emily Smith

The best thing about living in the White House is that I could do what ever I want to do. It would be fun. By Mackenzie Miller

The best thing about living in the White House is being able to see the president. By Ireland Parker

The best thing about living in the White House would be being the leader of our country. Everyone would have to follow my rules. Ryan Harmer

The best part of living in the White House would be awesome because you can have a party and you can have it over and over. By Gabrielle Bair

The best thing about living in the White House will bebsliding on the wet floor because they always clean the floor. There is a big beach there and there are lots of shells. There is a lot of people. There are a lot of things to see in the White House. The boats are big and little. They hunt animals and they kill a lot of animals and eat them. By Aaron Bates

The best thing about living in the White House would be to have people give me food when ever I want some food because I could eat some food when ever I want some. By Benjamin Elicker

The best thing about living in the White House would be people waiting on me. I would have them clean my room. By Tonya Livelsberger

The best thing about living in the White House would be playing inside. It is fun. By Megan McFarland

The best thing about living in the White House is when it snows it will still be white. By Logan Lamontagne

The best thing about living in the White House is you get to be Americas Angel because you get to meet the president. By Kaci Cunningham

The best thing about living in the White House would be that you could do anything. I would make a big fire in the wood stove. By Madisyn Deller

The best thing about living in the White House would be having all the space to play. I would be able to pretend to make my stuffed animals fly. By Nicholas Hooper

The best thing about living in the White House is that it is very fun because it has video games. By Zane Gonzalez

The best thing about living in the White House is you can play with your family on vacation. By Rohan Snyder

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Two original stories

Mrs. Kim Logan, a teacher at Wrightsville Elementary, submitted these original stories by two of her fourth-grade students.

Kylie Nikolaus
Midnight’s Cut
One morning, Midnight got a cut. Read the rest of the story to find out how it happened.
At about 5:00 am, James came to the stable. On the way, he found a glass bottle on the walkway. He grabbed it. He was about to put it in the recycling bin, when he heard something. He turned around, but kept walking. Then smack! He walked into a bush. He dropped the bottle in the hay. As soon as it happened, he went to get a broom and dustpan. He swept it up. Then he put it in the trash, but he did not notice he missed a piece. While forgetting the glass fiasco, James took Midnight out to the field, but Midnight ran into the hay and scraped herself on the last piece of glass. The glass stuck in her skin.
A half an hour later, Lydia, Midnights kind, rich, and caring owner, came to give her horse a bath. She got about 7 steps away when she dropped everything and went to find James. She ran into the stable. There he was putting fresh hay into Midnights stall.
“What happened to Midnight?” Lydia asked in a panicked voice.
“I do not know,” James replied weakly.
With that response, Lydia called the vet. The answering machine picked up.
Lydia left a message in a frantic voice saying, “Vet, please help! My horse is bleeding nonstop!”
When she was about to hang up when the vet answered, “Excuse me. Where do you live and I will be right there.”
The vet got there in five minutes. She meant business. Lydia showed her Midnight. The vet investigated the cut. She spots the glass right away.
“Ah-ha,” the vet says as James walks by.
“Ah-ha, what? James asked.
“There is a piece of glass stuck in Midnight,” says the vet. Then she removes it with some tweezers. She bandages the wound in thick white bandages.
The vet asks, “How did this happen?”
Lydia says confident and very strong, “I am not really sure and neither is James.”
The vet looks at her watch. “Well, that is all my friends, so good-bye and be careful,” says the vet.
Once the vet leaves, Lydia asks James, “Did you do it?”
James replies, “No! Did you?”
Lydia says half angry, “Were you not listening. I just said I did not.”
After supper that night Lydia and James were off to bed. Lydia dreams how Midnight got cut. She dreams an angry boy with a pocketknife comes by and cuts her. Then Lydia woke up. She could not get back to sleep.
That morning Lydia, half asleep, almost fell asleep in her cereal, but she did not. James could not take it much longer. Then he yelled, “I did it!”
“You did what?” Lydia asked confused.
He said, “You see I found a glass bottle on the path to the stable. I was going to put it in the trash, but I fell over a bush. Then I dropped it, and I tried to clean it up, but I guess I missed a piece.”
Lydia replied something like this, “It’s fine, you did not try to do it, or did you?” They both laughed.
One month later the bandages started to fall off. Lydia took them off. The cut was healed.

Lydia Massa
White Wolf Gets Hurt
One day a Indian boy named White Wolf wonders off into the woods. Find out the rest of the story if you keep reading.
One day, white Wolf was walking in the Indian camp and he saw a pretty butterfly. It was the biggest and the prettiest butterfly he had ever seen. So White Wolf followed the butterfly into the woods. About an hour later, White Wolf got tired of chasing the butterfly. He wondered where he was. White Wolf noticed that it was getting dark. He said to himself, “Why is it so dark! It could only mean one thing … a storm.”
He looked all around him. White Wolf was scared because he had never been out in a storm by himself before. The trees were blowing very fast. He tried to look for shelter, but he could not find anything. His clothes were soaking wet and he was freezing cold. He was so scared. At a different place, but at the same time, the Chief was very sad because White Wolf was out in the storm by himself.
White Wolf realized that he needed to find shelter fast. While looking, he stumbled over a rock and fell into a thorn bush. He knew he was hurt because he was in pain. He needed to get help. He fell asleep against a big tree trunk, hoping that morning would come soon.
White Wolf awakened to birds singing and the sun shining. His arm was numb and he could not use it. He knew he needed to find an aloe plant to rub onto his sores. He walked a while and did not find any aloe plants.
Meanwhile, the chief gathered his men and told them about the disappearance of White Wolf. He said, “If you do not find him by noon time, come back to camp.” The men jumped on their horses and took off to find him. White Wolf started to cry. He looked up and saw a path and he hoped it would lead him home. He continued on the path and could see his camp in the distance.
His family greeted him with hugs and kisses. His mom took care of his sores. The aloe plant was green with a liquid that helps heal sores. When his arm healed, he was able to play and have fun with his friends.

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Pick a Pet

Students in Lesa Uffleman second-grade class at Wrightsville Elementary wrote about their choices for a pet.

Mackenzie Miller
If I could have any pet I would have a mouse. It will be gray and white. It’s name would be Pinky. Pinky would smell clean. It would be a girl. Pinky would be five inches long. She would run fast. It would feel good to have her.

Selena Gainer
If I could have a rabbit I will name her Soft and Cuddly. She will hop in my arms. Her color is pink and black. She will zig zag all over the place. She will smell like a rose. I will play with her.

Megan McFarland
If I could have any pet I would get a guinea pig. They can run around in circles. It is funny. It is a girl and it is orange and white. It feels so soft. I would like to have a little one. I would play with it.

Madisyn Deller
If I had a chance to pick my own animal it would be a baby dog. I would name it Lizzy. It would be a girl. It’s color would be a little black. The dog fur would be hard and soft. It would sometimes feel sad or happy. The dog would smell fresh and clean. It would be a Chihuahua. I wrote about this because I like Chihuahuas.

Shane Buhrman
If I could have a pet it would be a rat. His name would be Sparky. He is probably going to be a boy. He is cool and awesome. He is probably going to watch me play my game if he wants to. He is going to have a red color. He is very soft.

Cameron Kennedy
If I could have a pet I would choose a lizard. I would name him Tuggy. He would be a great pet because he would stick out his tongue. My lizard would be green.

Ireland Parker
If I could have any pet I would pick a kangaroo because it could clean my room. It would be tan and it would be little. Bouncy would be her name. She would bounce. Whoa, what would I feed her? She would take baths so she would smell good.

Nicholas Hooper
If I could have any pet I would want it to be a frog. It would be green. He would be small. His cage would have some water and some land and something to climb on . I would like it.

Emily Smith
If I could have any pet I want it to be a puppy. I will name it Spotty. The puppy will be able to jump. It will be white with brown spots. My puppy will be really small. It will be a girl. The puppy will be very soft. I will buy a pink dog house and I will teach it lots of tricks. I will build a fence so she could play outside. I will take really good care of it.

Kaci Cunningham
If I would choose a pet it would be a hamster. It would be a girl. Her name will be Hope. I might get two hamsters. I will love them. My mom and dad will buy me two hamsters. I will feel good when she cheers me up. I will play with my hamster.

Logan Lamontagne
If I could have any pet I want a bunny. She would be a girl. She would be small. Her name would be Angel. She would be all white. I like rabbits, they are cool.

Zane Gonzalez
If I could get a pet I would get a dog. I would get a baby dog. Its name would be Sparky. It is a fire dog. My dog has a blue collar and it is one month old. Me and him play in the back yard. The most fun is when me and my dog play Frisbee.

Gabrielle Bair
If I could have any pet I want it would be a cat. I would name it Buttercup because it looks like one. Its fur would feel soft. My cat would be white and orange. It would be a tiny baby. I love cats! It would be a girl.

Ryan Harmer
If I could choose a pet I would choose a bunny. It would be all white with black spots. I would name it Hoppy. It would be a baby boy. I would teach him tricks. I would carry spare carrots when he would do tricks, I would toss him one. He will be very cute. It would be hard to get him out because of my two dogs. I would ask my parents if he could live in my room. It would be awesome to have a bunny!

Rohan Snyder
If I could have any pet I want a rabbit. It would be black and brown. Its size will be big. I would name it Shadow. It is a boy. Its fur is going to be very soft. It is going to smell like cotton candy. He would act like me. My rabbit and I would play together and it would make me happy.

Aaron Bates
If I could have a pet it would be a lizard. My pet is a boy. My lizard will sleep in a cage that is very tall. When I take him out I will have him climb. When I tell him to come he will do it to his name.

Taylor Shank
If I could have any pet I want a baby cat. It would be black with white spots. I would name it Selena. It would be a good pet for me. It might love me and I will love it too.

Dylan Livelsberger
If I could choose a pet it would be a guinea pig. It would be brown. It would be a baby. Its name would be Rod. It would be very soft. It will be funny. It would be a boy. I would feel very happy. I will comb it. I would pet it. I will give it toys. I can give it water. I can give it food. I will give it a cage.

Tonya Livelsberger
If I could have a pet I wish that I could have a dog. It would be a girl. Her name would be Snickers. Her color is red and blue. She is small. She is a jumping dog. I feel happy because I love her.

Ben Elicker
If I could have any pet It would pick a fish. I would name it Bluey. It would be blue. I want it to have a lot of babies. I would feel fabulous.

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