Dobbins rewards students for reading efforts

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The PTO of Dobbins Elementary paid for the admission to the skate party. However, the skate rentals, games and concessions were still normally priced. Pictured, Vince Zuccaro and Vince Zuccaro Jr. enjoyed their time at the skate party and grabbed some concessions.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Dobbins students used all of the equipment at Youngstown Skate during their party including the game stations, the roller rink and the skywalk pictured. The students had two hours to have their fun.


Neighbors | Submitted.The Dobbins read-a-thon ran from Feb. 5-24. During that time, the students logged the amount of minutes they spent reading. Nearly 80 third- and fourth-grade students chose to use recess time on the first day to earn 20 minutes of reading time and get a jump start on the program.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Dobbins Elementary rewarded their students with a party at Youngstown Skate on the evening of April 9. The families got to enjoy the facility as a school, as the event was a private party. Pictured, the family of Audriana Lively, Jason Salaty and Jocelyne Salaty enjoyed their night together.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Dobbins principal Michael Daley set a goal for 115,000 collective minutes for the school to spend reading throughout the course of the 20 day read-a-thon. The students reached this goal and more, logging in more than 150,000 minutes as a school.


Dobbins Elementary rewarded their students with a special trip to Youngstown Skate on April 9 for their hard work during the school’s Read-a-thon.

The school’s Read-a-thon began Feb. 5 and extended until Feb. 24. Principal Michael Daley set up a number of different goals for the students to reach during the Read-a-thon. This event also allowed them to raise funds for the school.

“They seemed motivated by [the goals],” said Daley.

The logged in more than 150,000 minutes during their read-a-thon, smashing the 115,000 minute goal for the skate party. The students tracked the time they spent reading in a log. Nearly 80 of the students in the school chose to read during their recess break on Feb. 5 to get a good start on the program.

The school rented out Youngstown Skate from 6-8 p.m. The PTO paid for everyone’s price of admission, though the skate rental, concessions and games were still priced normally.

The families enjoyed the opportunities available during their two hours. They skated, and the other Youngstown Skate representatives organized games to play on the rink. The families competed against each other in games like Skee-Ball in the game area. The children climbed and crawled through the skywalk, a play area that rises to the ceiling.

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