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Officer Dave Gay Vanessa Lewis Scott Carrier
DARE essay winner Vanessa Lewis stands between DARE officer Dave Gay and Principal Scott Carrier. - photo by Photo provided.

Accelerated Reader
Frank Long Elementary students continue to read and compete by class for points and prizes. Gabriela Hall, in David Wasdin’s fourth-grade class, was the year’s first top reader, earning 92 points in a month.  
Students reaching their tag entry zone received AR dog tags for different point ranges. Every nine weeks, students receive dog tags for each point range from Principal Scott Carrier and Melissa Sands.
FLE uses Renaissance Place to help build a culture of reading throughout the school and to make reading practice more effective for every student with Accelerated Reader. This program offers a special feature called Home Connect which allows parents to access their student’s reading record, as well as receive e-mails showing the student’s quiz results. If a parent needs a username and password, contact the child’s teacher.  

School attendance is extremely important in order for students to reach their personal best. One hundred sixty-five students achieved perfect attendance for the first nine weeks. These students were entered into a drawing for a $25 Wal-Mart gift card. Savannah Derington, a fourth grader in Patricia Johnson’s class, was the lucky winner. Every nine weeks there will be a drawing for students with perfect attendance.  

Fire Safety Month
October was Fire Prevention Month. Each year the Hinesville Fire Department sends its fire safety house to the kindergaren classes to teach students fire-safety techniques for home and school. Students enjoyed a tour of the fire house and learned how being prepared and knowing what to do in a fire emergency can save lives.

Drug Abuse Resistance Education is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons. FLE’s fifth-grade students have been participating in the program for 10 weeks with Officer Dave Gay. Students had to complete an essay as part of the program. Vanessa Lewis, a fifth grader in Tracey Moyse and Angie Wilson’s class, wrote the winning essay and received added prizes at the DARE graduation on Nov. 5. Students also received certificates for participation.

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