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Book fair fun Ezard Elementary School hosted its spring book fair CLAIRE HOWE & LAUREN SHOCKLEY CHRONICLES@LCR1.ORG
E z a rd E l e m e n t a r y School recently hosted its annual spring buy-oneget-one-free book fair April 6 through April 13. The school has two book fairs each year— one in the spring and one in the fall. “We have book fairs to raise money to purchase more books and resources for our library. Sometimes we use the money to replace worn, lost or damaged items, but typically we buy things we don’t already have. We have used the money to purchase technology, as well,” the elementary librarian Mrs. Howerton said. The book fair is a fun and exciting opportunity for the kids to purchase books, posters, erasers, pens, and many other things. “I think the kids enjoy seeing the merchandise and getting the opportunity to shop on their own. They love the trinkets at the book fair,” Mrs. Howerton said. The book fair raises lots of money to help the library purchase the supplies needed. Mrs. Howerton said, “ My goal was
to beat last year’s total of approximately $3,914. This year we sold over $5,400 worth of books and merchandise!” That money will go to help purchase books and other supplies need for the students to expand their love of reading. The book fair takes a lot of effort and many people to help it run smoothly. Fortunately, many students and staff pitched in to help. Mrs. Howerton said, “I have sixth grade helpers that help me run the book fair each time. However, this year, I had help from multiple teachers and staff at the elementary as well. Mrs. Shrode, Mrs. Simmons and Mr. Wheeler were a huge help.” Mrs. Howerton said, “The highlight of the book fair for me was actually the day the book fair ended and a second grade student brought me a book she wrote about the book fair. It made me laugh, and it was so precious to me! She even included how another student had bought something for her when she didn’t have her own money. During
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Lucy Dampier participated in the fun at the recent library book fair. the book fair, she told me she was going to write a book about the book fair, and I had jokingly told her that I’d love to be a character in her book who was a librarian who was making a snow angel in a pile of books and she totally made it happen! I will treasure this book forever!” Along with the book fair the student participated in a challenge a m o n g s t P re K - 6 t h grade; they raised more
than $600. Mrs. Howerton said, “There was a little healthy competition between a few classes. Mrs. Sheets’ 3rd grade class won first place. They will get a popcorn party, poster, bookmark, and an item of their choice from the Treasure Box. Mr. Wheeler’s 5th grade class won second place. They will get lunch in the Library and a bookmark. Mrs. McBride’s 2nd grade class was
third place, and they will each get a bookmark.” All of this wouldn’t be possible without the help of many community members. Mrs. Howerton said, “The support of our students, families and community members is so inspiring! They have repeatedly been more and more generous every year. This year, we had several anonymous donors. One donor donated $46
worth of books to our new teachers. She even let them pick out what they wanted for their classrooms. The teachers who got these books were Mr. Wheeler, Miss Lierz and Miss Replogle. Another donor gave $20 to help out students who didn’t have enough money to buy what they wanted. We also had a mom, Kadi Maxwell, who purchased a game for her son’s kindergarten classroom.”
CHS band prepares for community concert NATASHA SHANZ & LOGAN SCHMIDT CHRONICLES@LCR1.ORG
On May 8, the Conway High School band and concert choir will perform a concert for the community. The concert is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. in the high school gym. According to CHS music teacher Aaron Parrales, the purpose of this concert is to showcase what students can do outside of parade season or pep band season. It’s also a way to honor our seniors whom will be recognized and acknowledged. “The band is performing four different pieces. Our opening piece is called Clash,’ a very di fic lt iece that gets loud and exciting. We are also playing a
very pretty slow piece titled ‘December ky ’ low ieces are more di fic lt than the loud and fast ones. They require more control. Players cannot play timidly. In a loud piece, certain players can hide behind their peers. We are then playing ‘Great Movie Adventures.’ It’s a medley of well-known John Williams tunes that includes ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘E.T.’ Our last piece is ‘Our Heritage,’ a march. Marches are unique in that they are some of the oldest band literature there is. I also thought it would be fun to close the concert with a march. We also have a percussion ensemble comprised of all the percussionists that are in band. The trumpet section also has a trumpet choir piece they are preparing,” said Parrales.
Mr. Parrales said, “We have been working on the music since pep band season ended back in March. We are slowly becoming more and more preared I have to be honest, when I first passed out this music, we could barely get through the first few measures. However, these students have worked so hard! Also keep in mind that about 60 percent of our band is made up of 7th graders who only have one previous year of playing experience.” Parrales mentioned, “...I really want the community to be impressed with the Conway High School Band. I want heads to turn when we are mentioned.” “I think students will gain a lot of musical experience. Playing in front of an audience can be very daunting.
I hope to take our bands to contest in the near future. Playing these concerts is great practice for when that will happen,” said Mr. Parrales. Harley Lindley and MacGwire Beckler are band students who will be in the band concert. Harley plays the trombone and Maguire plays the tuba. Harley said, “My favorite song the band is playing is ‘Our Heritage’ because I really like the style of the sound of the song. I think the band is ready for the concert because we have been preparing for months.” MacGwire said, “My favorite song is ‘Clash’ because it’s very active and fast. I think everyone in band is ready for the concert because we practice every day.”
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Junior high volleyball season comes to an end CLAIRE HOWE & LAUREN SHOCKLEY
CHRONICLES@LCR1.ORG The end of the Conway Junior High School volleyball season has come and what a great season it was. Both coaches Tammy Beckler and Haley Huckaby made this season very successful. This was Coach Huckaby’s first year teaching at Conway and her first year coaching. She said, “This was my first year coaching, so I learned a lot from the girls. It was a great first year!’’ This is not Coach Beckler ’s first year coaching. However this year was different because she had Coach Huckaby to help with the jr. high. She said, “I feel like this season went really smoothly. I couldn’t have done it without Coach Huckaby. She was a huge factor in our success.” There were a lot of girls on the team who had never played before, but there were also many girls who have played
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The Conway Junior High School volleyball team poses for a picture. prior to this season. This made for a great combination of girls on the team. One eighth grader, Olivia Dampier, said, “I played volleyball because it seemed like it would be fun. Which it was! I loved eating with everyone and bonding before, during, and after
the games.” During the season the A-team played 13 games and the B-team played 11. The B-team won 8 games and the A-team went undefeated through the whole season. They played in two tournaments and took first in both, the 7th
grade Bourbon Tournament and the 8th grade Conway Tournament. Both coaches were really proud of the team. Coach Huckaby said, “ I w a s re a l l y h a p p y with the improvements we made. At first we couldn’t get our serves in then we were get-
ting aces by the end. We played really well in the A-team tournament and almost beat a few teams!” Coach Beckler said, “I loved seeing both teams get better all season. They came a really long way from the first day. One thing that
stands out is this group of girls loved to work and improve. I loved that they challenged me every day to make us better.” Another girl who played was Jewel Baldwin. She is an eighth grader who has been playing volleyball for a while. She said, “I played because I love volleyball! I loved bonding with everyone on bus rides, during practice, and especially during the games.” Because this was a very successful season, Coach Beckler has learned some things from her girls that she will be taking with her into next year ’s season. She said, “As a coach, I am always thinking about the future. I want to keep that excitement alive in the players so that they want to keep working to get better. I hope the girls have a sense of confidence and know that they have accomplished something pretty awesome. I hope that makes them want to keep working hard.”
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