2016-04-03 / News

Lynch students take limo ride to Rochester book store

BY ADAM FITZGERALD SMITH
810-452-2601• asmith@mihomepaper.com


David Knapp is the community outreach director at Barnes & Noble in Rochester and he guided the students from Lynch around the store, even handing out gift cards on behalf of the store. 
Photos by Adam Fitzgerald Smith David Knapp is the community outreach director at Barnes & Noble in Rochester and he guided the students from Lynch around the store, even handing out gift cards on behalf of the store. Photos by Adam Fitzgerald Smith MAYFIELD TWP. — On Tuesday Lynch Elementary School third-grade teacher Tammy Berry accompanied a select few students on a limo ride to a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Rochester Hills. March is Reading Month and the eight students from Lynch were selected for the trip as part of reading month festivities.

There was a drawing in each grade level within Lynch to see which lucky children could participate in the field trip.

The students qualified for the drawing by meeting a specific reading criteria set by grade levels. The kids met their reading challenge goal so then one child was selected from each grade level.

Rochester Limo Service picked up the students from Lynch Elementary on Tuesday morning to set out on their field trip. Then the kids got take-out food from both Woodchips and Buffalo Wild Wings in Lapeer. After stopping for food they continued on their journey to Rochester Hills. Once the group arrived at Barnes & Noble in Rochester they were greeted by David Knapp, the bookstore’s community outreach director.


Standing next to a limousine outside Lynch Elementary School on Tuesday were (left to right): Alexandria Walker, Jaelyn Gizinski, Carter Parker, Talan Sumner, Alex Boots, Alenzie Betker, Van Britt and Addison Fidler, along with teacher Tammy Berry. Standing next to a limousine outside Lynch Elementary School on Tuesday were (left to right): Alexandria Walker, Jaelyn Gizinski, Carter Parker, Talan Sumner, Alex Boots, Alenzie Betker, Van Britt and Addison Fidler, along with teacher Tammy Berry. Each child received a gift card worth $37.75 for use within the Barnes & Noble. The kids picked out books, games, learning based activities and even items from the café to take home.

“Some of these kids may have never seen a book store like this,” said Knapp. “So we want to celebrate that with them.” In addition to the free food, limo ride, gift cards and scavenger hunt, the kids were also able to pick out a “prize” of their choice. Berry mentioned that in order to make this experience possible for the kids donations were made from Lapeer Surgery and Optometry Centers, Bradford & Sons in Lapeer, Rochester Limo, Barnes & Noble in Rochester and both Buffalo Wild Wings and Woodchips in Lapeer.

“We are very grateful to our sponsors,” Berry said, “It took a lot of work to get this together for the kids and we are really happy everything worked out.”

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