It’s been said reading unlocks the wonders of imagination.
At Warren County Middle School, reading can unlock the wonders of the great outdoors.
WCMS treated its top performers in the Accelerated Reader program to a kayaking trip Wednesday on the Barren Fork River. Students gathered at Pepper Branch Park and made the roughly 3-4 hour float to the VFW.
To be eligible, students had to earn at least 300 AR points for the year. There were 28 WCMS students who qualified and 25 made the kayaking trip, which was sponsored by Kids of the Community. The 33 kayaks were furnished by Kids of the Community.
“We wanted this to be a reward for top achievers,” said Kids of the Community representative Pam Pescevic.
For a number of students, it was their first time in a kayak. Others had been kayaking before but seemed a little unsteady about what was in store.
“I’m going to be the genius who runs into a tree,” said Claire Brooks.
Added Jasmine Sartin, “I just don’t want to get tipped over and fall in the water.”
Some students went down to the wire in earning the necessary AR points.
“I took my last test the day of the deadline,” said Marynia Harris. “I finished with 301.2 points.”
Kayla Smith had a little more room to spare, finishing with 387 points. She said her favorite books were from the Mortal Instrument series.
Megan Biles had perhaps the most AR points of anyone on the trip. She finished with over 600 and admits she lost count. Her favorite books were from the Blue Blood series, which is a series about vampires.
“They are terrible books, but they amuse me they are so bad,” said Megan.
For people who like to get out and about on the river, Kids of the Community has scheduled its third Paddlefest for June 20. The event can be a kayak race for competitors, or a float for those who want a more relaxing time on the water. Registration can be done at www.kidsofthecommunity.com.