In case you didn't hear the stampede, the 2009-10 school year has come to an official end.
Our area's reluctant scholars have slipped the shackles of their classrooms and are preparing themselves for a healthy helping of summer fun and games, all of which will hopefully undo some of the brain drain caused by all those lessons that have been coming their way the past two semesters.
It's now time to put their thinking processes into the idle mode and just veg out for a month or two.
In spite of all the recreation that the summer season has to offer, there are some youngsters who will still never be found more than an arm's length away from a good read.
These youngsters are readers for all seasons who consider video games and television poor substitutes for a good book.
Over in the environs of Cleghorn, one of these power perusers is Aspen Woodall, who also just happens to be the recipient of the mantle as the Cleghorn Library's June Reader of the Month.
For the past several months, Aspen has been diligently fielding all the studies sent her way in the fourth grade classroom at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn.
Science, Aspen avers, has been her top subject this past school year.
She also adds that for the past two semesters, Mrs. Brown always topped the chart as her teacher of choice.
Aspen will be reaping her just rewards for these past months of studying this coming fall when she returns to school as a dues-paying member of the fifth grade class.
Although she's still a couple of years short of high school, Aspen knows that good reading habits are a necessity if you want to accumulate a fair amount of knowledge.
"You can learn many things through reading!" she says.
Since she's aware that reading is also a great vehicle for recreation, Aspen is seldom seen without a good book.
She notes that she is a big fan of both J. K. Rowling and Rick Riordan, her favorite authors.
She adds that she has recently polished off the books Goblet of Fire and The Titan's Curse and gives both tales thumbs-up reviews.
When it comes to extracurricular entertainment, Aspen is one reader who has no trouble keeping her freetime hours filled with a number of activities.
She enjoys camping, fishing, drawing and participating in the events of her 4H club, the Tilden Tillers.
Aspen is planning on a busy summer.
Besides all that reading, she hopes to putting in a lot of hours going camping, visiting the library and splashing around at the pool.
As far as her career plans are concerned, Cleghorn's June reader says she would like to study to become either a speech therapist or an elementary teacher some day.
Since college is still eight years or so away, however, Aspen Woodall will be found hanging her hat at her home on H Avenue in rural Cleghorn, a location she shares with her parents...Lonnie and Jade, her brothers...four-year-old Jaxon and 10-year-old Drew and a dog named Shaggy.