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Top readers acknowledged

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By Larry Clifton

One need not read between the lines to see that the top readers at Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School enjoyed the last day of school more than a great book, or at least a pretty good book.
Accelerated Readers got to dance to the sounds of Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber and other top pop titans played by a live disc jockey in the school’s auditorium during the last day of class. Teachers and even some parents joined in the festivities and seemed to enjoy the event as much as the kids.
Kim Hacker, whose daughter, Hailey, will leave the school to attend South Sumter Middle School next year, said her emotions ranged between happy and sad. She is a frequent school volunteer and says she is sad about not seeing the faculty and students as much but she is happy that her daughter is entering middle school.
The student’s dance party was to reward the vigorous academic efforts required to become Accelerated Readers.
During the dance, students circled Chase Childers, who went solo for a few moments, spinning and gyrating to a Michael Jackson tune while wearing a spiffy hat and a glove.
The live DJ brought a long boom and passed a hot microphone around to let individual students audition their voices. Even though there were no American Idol judges in attendance, the kids belted out the tunes in tones that might make their own mothers cry — with pride.
The highlight of the event came when students Timothy Leibold and Kaylan Flatt were named Top AR Readers of the Year for amassing 512.2 points each and an average grade of 96.2.
Each was presented a bicycle, just in time for summer. The two bikes were donated by Principal Donna Wells and Mrs. Jennifer Prado, who owns the local McDonalds restaurant franchise.