Even though we are only a few shopping sprees short of Christmas, there's still plenty of time for some last minute additions to your wish list for Santa Claus.
Before you head on out on one of those last minute frenzied shop-till-you-drop safaris, however, take a pause for the cause and join the literature lovers in Cherokee in a pre-Noel celebration as they give three cheers and a Yuletide yodel for Kaley Hember, the recipient of the honors as the Roosevelt December Reader of the Month.
When the roll call is read on any given academic day at Roosevelt Elementary, this December reader can be found front and center at her desk in the second grade classroom.
Since she is known by her teachers as a bit of a budding number cruncher, it will come as no surprise to discover that Math is Kaley's top subject this school year.
She also avers that no matter how you tally it up, Mrs. Pitts always emerges at the top of the list as her favorite teachers.
An astute scholar, Haley knows that good reading skills are a necessity if she hopes to accumulate some knowledge by the time she reaches high school.
"Reading is important because it helps you learn more stuff!" she says.
Since she knows that reading is also a great gateway for some entertainment, this
young power peruser is always on the lookout for good reading material, something she knows she can discover right there on the library's shelves.
When she makes one of her frequent visits to the library, everyone knows that she'll be spending some serious browsing time in the section where you can find good stories about animals, Kaley's literary genre of choice.
Like every other seven-and-a-half-year-old kid, Kaley enjoys any freetime session of fun that wanders down the pike.
She keeps her outside-the-classroom hours filled by enjoying her favorite activities, a list that includes playing with her friends, swimming and booting the soccer ball around.
As far as her future plans are concerned, Kaley hopes to head off to college one day and study to become an Art teacher.
Until it's time for her to teach her first class about tints, hues and the artistic uses of a sketching pencil, Kaley Hember will be spending a lot of time hanging out at her home on South Seventh Street, a location she shares with her parents...Aaron and Staci and Sam the dog.