J. Larry Newton Elementary Media Specialist wins AEA’s Be A Champion and Read Decorating Contest

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Posted 2/21/22

FAIRHOPE — J. Larry Newton Elementary School Media Specialist Terri Frank is the district 10 winner of the 2021 Be A Champion and Read Decorating Contest, the Alabama Education Association …

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J. Larry Newton Elementary Media Specialist wins AEA’s Be A Champion and Read Decorating Contest

L-R: Nichole King, AEA UniServ Director; Dr. Susan Williams Brown, AEA President; Terri Frank, winner and school media specialist; Patrice Wolfe, Newton Elementary Principal; Lynn Smith, Newton Elementary Assistant Principal; Jesse McDaniel, AEA UniServ Director.
L-R: Nichole King, AEA UniServ Director; Dr. Susan Williams Brown, AEA President; Terri Frank, winner and school media specialist; Patrice Wolfe, Newton Elementary Principal; Lynn Smith, Newton Elementary Assistant Principal; Jesse McDaniel, AEA UniServ Director.
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FAIRHOPE — J. Larry Newton Elementary School Media Specialist Terri Frank is the district 10 winner of the 2021 Be A Champion and Read Decorating Contest, the Alabama Education Association (AEA) announced on Monday, Feb. 21. As a winner, Frank received $200 to be used in the school library. She plans to use the prize money to purchase new STEM equipment.

“Each year, we really put a big emphasis on creating a good display to encourage kids to read more. We are a big Alabama and Auburn school, and the Be A Champion and Read competition is really big at our school, our kids really love it,” said Frank. “Every year we get the kids involved in thinking about ideas for the bulletin board and this year our students were all about the fan base. For the bulletin board the students created a paper cut out of themselves as a fan at the football game.”

“AEA is dedicated to promoting a love of reading for all Alabama students, and our Be A Champion and Read Contest is a terrific way to motivate students to read,” AEA President Dr. Susan Williams Brown said. “I congratulate Terri Frank for winning the decorating contest and I am very appreciative of the job she does every day creating an environment that fuels the imagination of students at Newton Elementary.”

The decorating contest, which ran in conjunction with the student reading contest, sees educators across Alabama decorating bulletin boards, walls, or doors promoting the Be A Champion and Read Contest in their school. To qualify to win, educators submit photos of their decorations promoting the contest. One winner is selected from each in-service center district.

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