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Volunteers to share love of reading on video

High school students will film community volunteers reading books for elementary students to watch in class.


Volunteers are already signing up for a community reading project started by a group of teachers at Century Elementary School.

High school students will produce the videos of community members reading children’s books, explained Krystal Murphy, the high school’s community career collaboration coordinator.

Teacher Dawn Penning said the elementary school’s social skills committee brainstormed the idea of community members reading books and sharing them through students in a video format.

“We wanted our students to celebrate I Love to Read month,” she said, “witnessing how important reading is to a doctor, a fireman, a pastor, a teacher, a mom and so many more. Teachers will be able to use technology in their classrooms to immerse the books into their lessons.”

I Love to Read month is in February, Penning said, adding that the readers may record a favorite book or one that is related to their career. “Books are available at school, with character themes, if needed,” she said.


Murphy added that Beagle and Wolf Books and Bindery has also volunteered to help community members find books for the project.

“We are still trying to recruit working and retired career professionals from all industries,” she said, suggesting a possible shooting schedule from mid-December to early January.

“We welcome all community members that want to be involved,” said Penning.

Other teachers involved in planning the project include Sara Kovach and Jill Stevenson. Meanwhile, Murphy said, “The three high school students who are volunteering to record and edit the videos are already skilled in the area.”

She identified the students as Simone Wolff, Lizzy Seifert and Brielle Krabbenhoft.

“We celebrate that our older students at the high school can explore videography, editing and production for a possible career choice,” said Penning.

For more information or to volunteer, call Murphy at 218-237-6442 or email her at

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