Cleghorn's August Reader
Friday, September 9, 2011
Jesse White rules as Cleghorn's August Reader
by Ron Flewelling
No matter how you look at it, summer is pretty much of a bygone memory...a little timely fact evidenced by all those moans and groans of our young scholars as they trudge off to greet the new school year.
It was a great time while it lasted, all that fun in the sun found in the seasonal delights of swimming, picnics, carnivals, county fairs, bike riding and just basking in some rays.
However, our youngsters have had their dance and it's now time to pay the fiddler...only this time the script is in the form of long division, history lessons and geography mind benders found in the lessons dished out in our area's hallowed halls of academia.
Before that summer tan starts to fade, though, there's time to join the librarians and sundry other book jockeys over Cleghorn way in a fading seasonal celebration as they give three cheers and a riffle of the pages of an early autumn best seller for Jesse Martin, the recipient of the mantle as the Cleghorn Library's August Reader of the Month.
The new school year finds this August reader firmly established as a member in good standing in the sixth grade class at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn.
Since he's known to be quite a long division dynamo and a maven at the multiplication table, it will come as no great shock to discover that Math is Jesse's top subject this year.
He also avers that Mr. Utesch is even now outdistancing the competition for the top spot on his list of favorite teachers.
As he approaches high school, Jesse knows that good reading skills are going to be a necessity if he hopes to handle those big time subjects like algebra and trigonometry.
"Reading is important because it exercises your mind!" he says.
Jesse also considers reading as a great vehicle for entertainment.
He is a big fan of the fantasy genre of literature and particularly enjoys the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series of tales penned by Rick Riordan.
Thanks to education laws dealing with such things, they can keep a young fellow's nose to the academic grindstone only so many hours before turning him loose for some extracurricular fun.
A seasoned sportsman, Jesse keeps many his freetime hours filled with hunting as he matches wits with the local deer and pheasant populations.
As far as the future is concerned, Cleghorn's August reader hopes to one day pursue a career as an electrician.
Before it's time to rewire his first condo, however, Jesse White will be spending a lot of time stalking the wily white tail around his home on 640th Street in rural Washta, a location he shares with his folks...Alan and Kelly and his big sister 14-year-old Alyssa.
(Photo by Ron Flewelling)