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Family reading night brings out local heroes

Fox Lake police officer Cody Barker was among the community heroes who met with students and their families at the family reading night Nov. 16 at Lotus Elementary School in Fox Lake.
Fox Lake police officer Cody Barker was among the community heroes who met with students and their families at the family reading night Nov. 16 at Lotus Elementary School in Fox Lake.

FOX LAKE – To celebrate National Family Reading Night on Nov. 16, Fox Lake Lotus School District 114 hosted an event where educators, families and community heroes enjoyed some reading time together.

According to a news release, there were 15 themed rooms: Fox Lake librarian, mayor, police, fire/EMS, diver, doctors, NASA researcher, comfort dogs, flight attendant, military, florist, artist, athlete, farmer/machine operator, superintendent and conservation officer. Each room had a community leader to meet and greet visitors.

Families could choose any or all rooms to visit and pick out a book to read together as a family. The night was a huge success with more than 120 families enjoying meeting local heroes. Families also were able to meet new District 114 Superintendent Heather Friziellie.

The staff was thrilled to volunteer at the event and provide a great opportunity to students, families and members of the community of Fox Lake, according to the release.

Lotus Family Reading Night was made possible by the Illinois Education Association. More than 45 grants were awarded to educators’ projects across the state.

Lotus School was chosen by the Illinois Education Association to receive the grant, which is part of the IEA’s Schools & Community Outreach Program. 

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