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State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, calls on the kindergarten class to find out who can read. State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, calls on the kindergarten class to find out who can read.
Amanda Reifinger’s class huddles close for a picture with state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th. Amanda Reifinger’s class huddles close for a picture with state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th.

Ending the school day with state Rep. Day is a story in itself

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY Special to The Press in School

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, sat down with kindergarten classes at Weisenberg Elementary recently and read the book, “On The First Day of Kindergarten,” by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Laura Hughes.

He started with Amanda Reifinger’s class and then visited Laura Luca and Marion Miller’s classes reading the same book.

Based on a show of hands, some students were already familiar with the story, others were not.

This was the first time Day met with students in the first week of school.

“Education is vital to build strong communities,” said Day. “I’m always eager to support our students and education professionals.”

Day asked the students if any of them knew how to read. He was impressed some students in the different classes were able to read before entering kindergarten.

The book was chosen as appropriate for the age group. The picture book tells the story of a 5-year-old talking about the cool new things she did in the first 12 days of kindergarten.

As a father of three, Day has plenty of experience reading to children. After he was finished one student yelled, “Read it again!”

According to Reifinger, the end of the day visit was ideal because it did not interrupt instruction and the students would be dismissed soon after his visit.

Reifinger was one of the first teachers to reach out to Day’s office to request a visit.

At the end of his visits, Day was pleased.

“It went very well. Weisenberg is a great elementary school,” he said. “If others would like me to visit their classroom, just let me know.”