Braxten Hoeppner is Roosevelt's August Reader
Well, it was a great time while it lasted...but unfortunately, the summer of 2011 is now pretty much consigned to the history books.
The first bells of the 2011-12 academic year have now tolled and the hallowed halls of our area's schools are now echoing with the trudge of reluctant feet as our young scholars return to their studies.
Before the inevitable brain burn from the overload of the three "R's" kicks in, however, there's still time for a bit of celebration as the tome touts and other bookish nabobs in Cherokee give three cheers and a last days of summer salute for Braxten Hoeppner, the recipient of the mantle as the Roosevelt August Reader of the Month.
On any given school day, this August reader can be found tackling all the brain-bending lessons in his second grade classroom at Roosevelt Elementary.
With the new school year just getting off to a start, this August reader hasn't as yet zeroed in a particular subject of choice and is approaching all of them with an open mind.
He does note, though, that his teachers will really have put in a concentrated effort if they want to beat out Mrs. Sleazer, the academic who topped the list as his favorite teacher last year.
Braxten knows that he must continue sharpening his reading skills if he hopes to make it up the academic ladder.
"Reading is important because it helps you learn stuff!" he says.
Since reading is also a great vehicle for entertainment, Braxten never passes up an opportunity to drop in at his school's library for a little literary adventure.
He is particularly fond of the books in the I Spy series and any tale about animals.
Like any other red-blooded American lad, Braxten feels that education is best if taken in small doses. Maybe that's why he doesn't hesitate to put aside his homework for some freetime fun.
He keeps his extracurricular hours filled with playing baseball, riding his bike and playing Wii.
Braxten notes that he had a busy summer. He kept those sunny days filled by playing baseball, burning up the streets with his trusty two-wheeler and keeping the chlorinated water churned to a proper froth down at the swimming pool.
As far as his future plans are concerned, Braxten hopes to continue improving his ball playing skills and becoming a pro baseball player someday.
If that doesn't work out, he says that he would be perfectly happy with a career as a policeman.
Until it's time for him to sign that rookie contract with the Yankees, however, Braxten Hoeppner will be spending a lot of time pegging the old horsehide around over on South Ninth Street, a location where he shares the home dugout with his parents...Tracy and Cathy, his siblings...16-year-old Brady, 14-year-old Brookelyn and baby Braylund, two dogs and three cats.
(by Ron Flewelling)