By Wyndi Veigel
Children participating in the Summer Reading Club have learned a lot this summer including how to be a hero to others.
Former Tatum Elementary School Principal Terry Markoff, also known as Superman, donned his cape and showed kids at the July 8 reading club meeting that even ordinary people can be a hero … by being nice and by not being a bully.
Markoff, who is also the author of junior fiction book Mr. Funderburk Meets 5A, encouraged participants to stick up for other children that they see being bullied and how they can be a hero just by loving others.
“We had the opportunity to have Mr. Markoff come and give a special program on bullying to the children. I felt it fit perfectly with our theme this year for Summer Reading Club; that kids can be a hero to other kids if they see a friend or classmate being bullied and they stand up, and help others to stand up to bullying,” Rike Librarian Trisha Dowell said. “Mr. Markoff’s program was very informative and we were very happy that he could come out and talk to the kids.”
Fun is still in store through July and August within the weekly reading club meetings at Farmersville’s Rike Library.
July 15, children will be gearing up with local police and fire to learn that heroes don’t always wear capes and getting a tour of police and fire apparatus at the library.
On July 22, Marcey the Mad Scientist will be sharing information about water conservation and helping with fun activities for the reading club participants.
The July 29 club will feature a rather rowdy group with Olaf and the cast of characters from Frozen with special guest reader Councilmember Jim Foy.
The Farmersville Rotary Club will be sponsoring the Aug. 5 club meeting, with an emphasis on Spiderman and learning all about insects. Guest reader for this club meeting will be Past Rotary President Adah Leah Wolf.
Heavenly Hooves will be bringing their petting zoo to the Aug. 12 meeting and children will be learning about animal rescue and pet adoption.
The club will conclude Aug. 19 with a special meeting where awards will be presented and children can learn that Green Eggs and Ham might not be so bad after all.
The club meets each week on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. at the Rike Library and the program is open to kids of all ages.
The Summer Reading Club is sponsored by The Farmersville Times, the Farmersville Rotary Club, ACO Resale Shop, Ringling Brothers Circus, Legoland Discovery Center and Grapevine Sealife Aquarium.