NCSD First Graders Celebrate Literacy at Wyoming Reads

More than a thousand NCSD first graders celebrated the joy of reading by attending Wyoming Reads on Tuesday, May 15.

Wyoming First Lady Carol Mead was in attendance at the Natrona County celebration held at the Natrona County Library and Nicolaysen Art Museum. Students went through rotations where they heard from celebrity readers  at the library, enjoyed a picnic lunch provided by NCSD’s Food Services on the grounds of the NIC, and watched a performance of the special fairytale about “The Good Queen Sue” – a tribute to Sue Jorgensen, in whose memory this event was established. The fairytale is presented as a play performed by students from the Natrona County High School Theatre department. The story was narrated by John Jorgensen, who established the Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation in 1996 and founded the Casper Cares, Casper Reads festival to honor his late wife’s commitment to children and reading. The celebration was expanded statewide as Wyoming Reads in 2006.

Each 1st grader in attendance also received a book from the following options:

  • “Penguin Day: A Family Story” by Nic Bishop
  • “Max and Bird” by Ed Vere
  • “Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door” by Adam Rubin
  • “The Giant Jumperee” by Julia Donaldson
  • “Little Red Riding Sheep” by Linda Ravin
  • “Be Quiet!” by Ryan T. Higgins



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