Signs of a brand new season are all about us...buds are appearing on the trees, the grass is turning green and boys of all ages are grabbing their gloves and heading off to the ball fields.
In Cherokee, the precocious perusers and other bookish nabobs have further noted the new season by offering up three cheers and a couple of wobbles of the old Easter Egg for Fran Conley, the recipient of the honors as the Roosevelt April Reader of the Month.
When it comes time to hit the good old three "R's" on any given school day, this nine-and-a-half-year-old reader can be found holding down a desk in the fourth grade classroom at Roosevelt Elementary.
Being a bookish sort of scholar, it will come as no surprise to discover that Reading has been Fran's top subject this year.
It should also be noted that this Roosevelt reader gives Mrs. Miller straight "A's" when it comes time to grade her favorite instructors.
As far as the written word is concerned, Fran considers literature an indispensable tool for learning as well as a great vehicle for entertainment.
"Reading is important because it helps you with your spelling," she says. "Besides, it's a lot of fun!"
Those daily trips from her classroom to the school library are far from arduous for this young reader.
After all, she is well aware that an adventure is just waiting in that next good read.
Fran is a prolific reader who enjoys several genres of tales, a lengthy list that includes both biographies and mysteries as well as stories a bit on the eerie side.
She has also been known to read just about anything penned by R. L. Stine and Ron Roy, her two authors of choice.
When the end of her school day rolls around, Fran doesn't waste any time shaking the chalk dust off her feet and heading on out for some quality freetime.
Among her preferred extracurricular activities are playing with her pets, dribbling the basketball around, collecting seashells and participating in her school's TAG program.
She is also an active member of the Mill Valley 4H Club and has been spending time showing swine at local fairs.
As far as her future plans are concerned, Fran notes that she would like to head off to college some day and study to become either a teacher or a veterinarian.
Until then, she will be spending a lot of time hanging out at her home over on R Avenue, a location she shares with her mom Bonni, her twin sister Clare, her horse named Star and Bailey the family puppy.