Pine Has 143 Students On First Day Of School

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Pine Strawberry Elementary School launched what is expected to be an exciting and rewarding new school year Monday, July 28.

Principal/Superintendent Mike Clark said teachers and staff touted the first day as going very well with few glitches.

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Pine Strawberry school students head for a waiting bus at the conclusion of the first day of school on July 28. School principal Mike Clark said opening day went off without a glitch.

Tidbits of conversations I heard from students leaving school the first day seemed normal enough. "I don't understand this, I'll need help," one boy told his parents over his cell phone.

One small girl, apparently new to PS Elementary, commented with dismay to a new friend, "I don't believe our school gives homework the first day."

A very small student being picked up by her dad uttered another quip that brought a smile to my face. She wistfully asked, "When can I ride the bus?" To which Dad replied, "in a few days, maybe."

The first day enrollment is 143 students, pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The middle school, which is sixth through eighth grade, has a record number of 43 students.

Celebrate School Night

The annual "Celebrate School Night" is scheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Aug. 6. The event will begin in the school gym with an introduction of teachers by Clark. Then parents are invited to visit individual classrooms and meet their children's teachers. It's a great way to start off the school year, so plan to attend.

Books on Wheels

Yes, you read it right. I didn't write "Meals on Wheels" but rather books. Thanks to a partnering of the Pine Strawberry Senior Center and the Pine library, the two are able to offer a first-ever "Books on Wheels."

It is a service that brings the library to you when you are unable to get to the library due to illness, disability, or if you're a caretaker who is unable to get to the library.

Either a volunteer from the library or the delivery person for the senior dining room (Meals on Wheels program) will deliver items to you. Arranging for the service is very simple, you can either call the library and a staff member will spend a few minutes with you asking questions regarding your likes and dislikes in reading, your favorite author, type of genre, your style of movies and maybe what type of magazines you would like to read.

Or, you can complete a form and have the Meals on Wheels driver return it to the library and a library staff person will contact you.

Books on Wheels will deliver books in regular or large print, audio books, magazines, DVDs and videos.

There is no cost for patrons of the Pine/Strawberry community.

A delivery schedule will be set up at the time of registration. The goal of the library is to serve you as quickly as possible.

You can modify your reading or listening choices at any time or discontinue this service by contacting the library.

Call Becky Waer, library manager, (928) 476-2788, for more information on this program.

This is yet another great service our local library offers our community. We have outstanding resources available thanks to the staff and volunteers of Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library.

The library is located at 6124 N. Randall Place. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Also, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Rim Country Writer's Group to meet in Pine

Residents of Pine and Strawberry now have the convenience of attending meetings of the Rim Country Writer's meeting in Pine. The Rim Country Writer's Group meets in the Pine library activity room at 1:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Writers and aspiring writers are welcome to come and lend support, share ideas, learn to write, or just listen in a very informal and relaxing atmosphere.

The group also meets in Payson at Fireside Espresso at 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. Fireside Espresso is located in the Swiss Village on Highway 87.

Participants are welcome to attend meetings at either location and as often as fits their schedule.

Remember the Chair-ish Auction is 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Pine Cultural Center.

There will be time to peruse the chairs up for auction from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Frank Allen will begin the auction at 6 p.m.

Also on the agenda is a silent auction. Items include an autographed copy of Jim Paxon's book, "The Monster Reared His Ugly Head," an account of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire, stained-glass art pieces, children's chairs and other unique treasures.

The DPS Quilt Angels have contributed a beautiful quilt to raffle.

Chuck and Barbara Casey of "Trouble in Paradise" will entertain the crowd with toe-tapping tunes.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 and are available at the Pine library, ERA Young Realty in Pine, Sunny Mountain Realty, Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty and Ponderosa Market, or from any Take Pride member.

The cost of the tickets at the door are $12 for adults, and $5 for children under 12.

Proceeds from the auction, sponsored by Pine-Strawberry Take Pride Project, will benefit the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library.

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